Syracuse landed a quartet of four-star recruits for its Class of 2015. Even after Friday afternoon’s events, it looks like the Orange will get all four on campus this fall.
On Friday, the NCAA announced penalties for rule violations committed by the Syracuse football and basketball teams. The sanctions included 108 vacated wins, a nine-game suspension for Jim Boeheim a five-year probation and the most impactful punishment: a loss of 12 scholarships over a four year span.
Donna Ditota and Mike Waters, Syracuse beat writers for the Post-Standard, tracked down the four Syracuse signees and all reaffirmed their commitments.
Malachi Richardson, No. 31 in Rivals150: “Nothing has changed,” Richardson’s mother, Jacqui said via text. “Malachi is still committed to Syracuse.”
Moustapha Diange, No. 69 in Rivals150: “This doesn’t affect anything,” Diange’s Pope John XXII (New Jersey) coach, Jason Hasson said via text.
Franklin Howard, No. 82 in Rivals150: “Oh yes, for sure,” said Gloria Howard, Frank’s mom, told Syracuse.com. “We’re definitely still there. No changes.”
At the moment, Syracuse is set to have 13 scholarship players for next season with another commit, Matthew Moyer, committed to play for the Orange in 2016. He also pledged his loyalty to the program.
Raphielle Johnson broke down what the scholarship restrictions mean for Syracuse’s future here.
Syracuse’s season will end on Saturday afternoon at N.C. State. The Orange announced a self-imposed postseason ban back in February.