Syracuse sent 64 handwritten letters to recruit from Georgia (Photo)

Syracuse coach Scott Shafer, right, celebrates with his team after winning the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game against Minnesota, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in Houston. Syracuse won 21-17. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Nothing is too surprising in the world of recruiting anymore, but when a school sends a ridiculous number of recruiting letters to a prospect, it always catches our attention.

From the looks of this tweet, Syracuse is recruiting Rivals three-star safety Mohamed Barry really hard. By Barry’s count, the Orange coaching staff sent him 64 handwritten recruiting letters on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Barry, a native of Loganville, Ga., also received some mail from South Florida, but the effort from Syracuse clearly caught his attention.

We’ve seen this before when Alabama sent Alvin Kamara over 100 letters in 2012 and Ole Miss sent Clifton Garrett 54 letters last year, among others. Kamara committed to the Tide (before transferring last year), but Garrett landed at LSU, so the mass letters approach doesn’t always work.

Barry also has offers from schools like N.C. State, South Florida, Wake Forest and Wisconsin, so Syracuse has some competition for his services. What we’re really wondering is if ‘Cuse head coach Scott Shafer included anything about the Atlanta-area prospect being “softnosed.”

The Atlanta area was hit by a light snow storm in January that caused problems throughout the area – an area unaccustomed to snow – and Shafer made a few lighthearted jokes about what a small amount of snow can cause in the south. I don’t really think that would be part of his recruiting pitch to Barry.


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