Syracuse University Football still has more than two months to go until the season opener with Villanova on Friday, August 29th but already the Orange has a head of steam this summer.
Over the past ten days, four different Class of 2015 recruits have pledged verbal commitments to Coach Scott Shafer and the Orange.
The total is five in the month of June.
While these student-athletes won't hit the field until next fall, in 2015 of course, it's still a very exciting turn of events.
Consider this, by late June of 2013 the Orange had just 4 or 5 verbal commitments that the public knew about and the Class of 2014 turned out to be the best (at least on paper) recruiting class in a decade for the Orange.
The most clear and basic reason for the spike in commitments is the sustained success Syracuse has enjoyed in recent seasons. The Orange has won three bowl games in the last four years and is coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2000-2001.
To dig deeper on this topic, we called in recruiting expert Ryan Murray, publisher of CuseConfidential.com, for his insight.
Murray agrees that the bowl victories and national exposure in the ACC has helped but he hears one common thread among recruits he talks to.
"They all talk about the family atmosphere" Murray says.
It's no secret that Coach Shafer is among the most personable and likeable coaches in College Football and his staff is filled with some of his closest confidants. Given that, it's easy to see why the Orange is building off the momentum of one of its best classes ever.