July 1, 2010

New SU punter goes in depth on verbal

Oakfield (N.Y.) Alabama Central punter Jonathan Fisher gave a verbal commitment to the Orange yesterday. He spoke with CuseConfidential.com in depth about his decision to pick the Orange after attending the Syracuse summer camp.

"Syracuse offered me that morning," Fisher said, "I have been interested in Syracuse awhile now. I have always followed Syracuse sports. We only live like an hour and forty five minutes away from Syracuse so I have always been a big fan."

Fisher, 6-foot-1, 190 pounds was waiting for the Syracuse to come in because he liked many items that the Orange had to offer.

"I wanted to stay close to home and I wanted to go to a school where I would get a great education and I feel like Syracuse has the right stuff for me. I have seen the campus and games I really like the campus and the area."

Before a prospect picks a school he usually develops a strong bond with the coaching staff. For Fisher that was true and there was one other part that really set Syracuse apart from the others.

"The most important factor was the coaches and the opportunity I am going to have going there. I will follow in the footsteps of Rob Long and I will be around great coaches."

A decision was not in the plans for Fisher on the visit, but there were changes for both groups early in the week.

"I knew that they were the right decision when they pulled me aside that morning and told me they were going offer. It shocked me because they originally said I would have to wait until Monday or Tuesday to find out."

Bob Casullo recruited Fisher for the Orange and the punter has great respect for his future coach.

"Coach Casullo was recruiting me he is the special team's coordinator. He is a very nice guy, He likes that I am a very coachable kid and I will take any advice he gives me."

Syracuse might have been the first school to offer, but there were a few Big East teams looking at Fisher as well.

"Syracuse was my first offer. Rutgers, Connecticut, and West Virginia were thinking about offering, but they had to sit down and talk about if they had room to add a punter in their class. Syracuse was the first and the one I wanted to I jumped on it and took it."

In high school football the kicking game can get overlooked by many teams, but for Fisher and his team it is certainly a weapon because of his ability.

"During my high school season last year I averaged 46.7 yards per kick."

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