December 21, 2010
Ameen-Moore heading to the Big East
Delone Carter is leaving the Syracuse Orange after this season because he has exhausted his eligibility. With Carter leaving it was going to leave a hole for a big bruising back on the Orange depth chart. The Orange coaches looked for a replacement and they found one in Adonis Ameen-Moore.
The news of the prospects commitment hit the internet early on Monday with speculation of his impending announcement.
"I did want to wait," Ameen-Moore said. "I was at school working out and everything and then I had to leave, so that is kind of why. Tomorrow just would have been easier."
Even though things did not work out that way the new Syracuse back was eager to talk about his commitment and why he picked the Orange.
"Syracuse was a better fit a better program for me. Their program is what I am looking for and in school I want to major in communications. I just like the city. I had a blast up there and I liked everything about it."
Nathaniel Hackett led the Orange charge for Ameen-Moore, but he was not the only coach that played a factor in the process.
"Coach Hackett and Coach Wheatley both recruited me. I talk to them all the time even Coach Marrone. I have a good relationship with all of them."
At the start of the process the Orange were not thought of as highly for Ameen-Moore as they are now, but once the two sides got more comfortable that changed.
"When I first started getting offers I was just going to wait until I had seen all other places before I started putting any school over another. They were equal at first when they came in with the offer."
With other schools looking at him what put the Orange in the top spot?
"It was just the love they showed me when I went out there. I just loved it there and I have grown closer with the coaches over the past few months," Ameen-Moore stated. "I have been feeling them ever since I left. Then when I got back from Utah I was like yeah I need to be at Syracuse."
Now that he is Orange he hopes he can bring a few items to the table when he hits campus.
"I bring toughness and leadership and things of that nature. What I did in high school hopefully can transition over into college."
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