Syracuse, N.Y. -
This is one of the greatest signing days you will ever see. Hanahan’s Cooper Dawson picks Syracuse- but does it by first telling close friend Kingsley Feinman. Kingsley announces the decision- Dawson adds that Kingsley taught him the only disability is a bad attitude. @ABCNews4 pic.twitter.com/3OGJzJmlXg
— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) December 19, 2018
Syracuse, N.Y. - The Syracuse University football team announced that 17 high school and junior-college athletes signed National Letters of Intent with the school during the first day of college football's early signing period, Wednesday.
Of the 17 signees, eight have decided to enter with early enrollment, meaning they will be attending Syracuse in the spring semester, participating in the team's spring practices and offseason workouts.
In the 2019 class, there are four defensive backs, four defensive linemen, three linebackers, three offensive lineman, one tight end, one running back and one wide receiver.
Seven states and the District of Columbia are represented, with four players coming from Florida, three from North Carolina, two from New Jersey, two from Pennsylvania and one each from Connecticut, New York, South Carolina and Washington D.C.
Cooper Dawson, a defensive lineman from Hanahan, S.C., made the biggest waves during signing day perhaps in the nation when he had his close friend, Kingsley Feinman, who was born with cerebral palsy, make the announcement for him (see tweet above).
Head Coach Dino Babers was happy with the crop of players the officially signed, Wednesday, citing the hard work of his entire staff as the reason they were able to get it done.
"They've done a nice job," Babers said of his assistant coaches. "We're very unique the way we [recruit]. It's a lot of team recruiting. We go out and evaluate and gather talent individually, but once we bring them back, we evaluate and recruit as a group.
"We do our homework very well, and we bring the right type of student-athletes here to Syracuse."
Some of the other early signees include: OL Matthew Bergeron (Quebec City, Quebec), LB Geoff Cantin (Quebec City, Quebec), LB Mikel Jones (Miami, Fl.), LB Lee Kpogba (Winston-Salem, N.C.), and OL Darius Tisdale (South Brunswick, N.J.).
The rest of the 2019 incoming class will announce their college decisions during the regular signing period beginning on February 6, 2019.
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