February 5, 2009
Signing Day Superlatives: Defense
Shamarko Thomasis one of the newest member of the 2009 class and his combination of size and speed could make him a popular player in the defensive backfield. Over the last two seasons Thomas has 177 tackles and 11 interceptions. Numbers like that stick out to you and can show that the young prospect will stick his nose into any situation to make a play on the football field.
Best Defensive player:
Phillip Thomas had 55 tackles, eight interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries this past season. Those numbers led Thomas from a sleeper prospect to become a solid division one prospect. The eight interceptions he had led his area [Dade County] in interceptions. Florida State also came in late and were showing serious interest in Thomas.
Dale Peterman could possibly be the best athlete coming into Syracuse in 2009. Peterman is a very quick player with a 38 inch vertical leap and the ability to play multiple positions on the football field. In his senior season he had 56 solo tackles, eight pass break-ups and seven interceptions on defense. On offense he had a solid season as well totaling 25 catches for over 600 yards and eight receiving touchdowns. Despite being able to play many positions Peterman will be playing defense for the Orange.
E.J. Carter started to come across the recruiting radar late in the recruiting process, but Syracuse could have found a diamond in the rough. In his final season at Dr. Phillips high school he totaled 112 total tackles. At the next level Carter will be able to play linebacker or safety.
Most likely to be Captain:
Torrey Ball is one of the older players in this recruiting class because instead of heading to a division one school out of high school he opted for the junior college route. That junior college was not just any junior college, it was Georgia Military Academy. The ideal that were taught to him in his time there will carry over to Syracuse and he should be looked to as a leader. His overall positive attitude and winning mindset will help the Orange.
Top Defensive recruiting moment:
The top moment was the time period from 1/23-1/16 when Syracuse landed five defensive players. Out of those five were Rishard Anderson, Phillip Thomas, and Dale Peterman who were all three star prospects. Torrey Ball and E.J. Carter. Are two star prospects rated 5.4. Ball and Carter were close to a three star ranking, a 5.6 rating would have given them another star.
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