Doug Marrone’s jump to the NFL head coaching ranks has proven disastrous to many Orange fans. Taking offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with him did nothing to ease the blow. However, the latest fallout will certainly have an even bigger effect on the football team’s woes.
According to The Fizz, Zach Allen, the highly regarded quarterback From Temple High School in Texas who announced his commitment last May to play for Syracuse in 2013, has now switched his loyalties. The lucky school now catching his glance: Texas Christian University.
Former NFL quarterback and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer has compared Allen to a young Colt McCoy, and Allen had attended the Elite 11 football camp earlier this year intending to represent the Orange. In the end, Allen chose to remain a Texan and take his talents two hours north to Fort Worth.
Allen had reiterated his commitment to Syracuse as early as last week when news came that Marrone was taking Hackett with him to the Buffalo Bills. However, as the reality set in that the two top recruiters at Syracuse have now left for greener pastures, Allen’s mind had changed and Orange fans are nervous more commits might reconsider their choices.
Syracuse fans are also watching closely the decisions of LB Devan Carter and RB Augustus Edwards. Both recruits downgraded their choices to play for the Orange this past week to soft verbal commitments.
Time will only tell if Syracuse’s other commits remain loyal to the Orange as they look forward to beginning conference play in the ACC this fall.