June 25, 2010
SU verbal goes in depth on commitment
The Syracuse Orange have now added their third commitment for the class of 2011.
That new player is Jaston George from Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith. From the beginng of the recruitment George had a good vibe with the program that help lead to the decision.
"I just had a good vibe. The coaches, the school, and the environment it was all just right for me."
George, 5-foot-10, 160 pounds continued to talk about the vibe he felt from Syracuse as to why the school was so special that he made it his choice.
"To be honest it had to be the vibe I got from all of the coaches. I could call any of the coaches and they would stop whatever they were doing just to talk with me. That let me know that if they were doing that over the phone then I would be able to come to them when it came to school or anything off of the field. That set it apart for me right there."
Besides the vibe he felt there was one other item that made him like the Orange and that was the idea of being part of turning a program around.
"The most important was the building process of the school, that's a new coaching staff there. When I went up there on my visit I saw everything for myself and that they were a building program. I thought that I could be a part of that and I was excited about that."
Even though he just called the Syracuse coaches after he woke up this morning he has known for a few weeks that Syracuse was going to be his choice.
"I knew probably the last week of school, everybody like the seniors were leaving to go to college and it came to me and I realized I did not have to wait anymore. I already knew I wanted to go to Syracuse ever since I started talking to them. Even the other schools that did offer me I didn't get the same good vibe. I talked to the coaches, but I guess it was just right with Syracuse. In my mind I was saying I am going to Syracuse I am going to Syracuse. By the end of the school year I was like I don't want to go through the football season and not have my college picked. I said I need to go ahead and make my decision because that is where I want to go. My parents and my whole family knew that is where I wanted to go."
One trip to Syracuse this spring put them at the top of his board. The reason they shot to the top could not be narrowed to one item, but it was a few that really caught his eye.
"The visit was good. I was real impressed with everything from the coaches to the players to the facilities. I was impressed everything was just like wow. Seeing the coaches and the players at practice, the way the coaches were out there helping players if they were doing something wrong. They just took their time to make sure things were done right. Coach Marrone actually was coaching his linemen and I was just like this is a good fit for me."
At Syracuse George will be playing cornerback at the start, but there is a chance that he could move positions later on in his career.
"They want me to play defensive back. They told me that I could probably come up as a corner and as the years progressed they could move me to safety if they needed to," George said. "I am a competitive player. I like to compete and I like to play against the best. When you play against the best it brings out the best. I just have the confidence that when I step on to the field I am going to play my best. When I am on the field and the guy across from me plays his best and I play my best it is going to be a long night."
Down at Oscar Smith High School George was not the only member of the football to receive a Syracuse scholarship offer, there were two others. The other two prospects are four star receiver Quinta Funderburk and two star linebacker Raysean Richardson.
Now that George is a member of the Orange will his teammates follow?
"It is too early to tell for me. They liked them when we all went up there, but they have to do their own thing."
Even though he is ready to be a part of Syracuse he does not want to force his friends to come with him, but he hopes it could work out.
"I think I will let them do their own thing. It would be nice if all three of us could go to the same school, but if it does not happen we are still going to be best friends at the end of the day."
With this commitment the Orange now have three verbal's Louie Addazio, Tyree Smallwood, and now Jaston George.
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