December 13, 2010
Mungwa checks out SU
When the recruiting season started Shutang Mungwa had Stanford and Syracuse sticking out in front of all other schools. Today it is still that way, but Mungwa visited Syracuse over the weekend to make sure the Orange were still a possible destination if something happens with Stanford.
"I am still committed to Stanford. I sent in my application, but I have not been accepted into the school yet. I am just waiting for that to happen. If that does not happen I wanted to visit Syracuse and make sure that would be my top choice if I did not get into Stanford."
Mungwa, 6-foot-0, 200 pounds saw all he needed to see from Syracuse this weekend to know that they are his back up plan.
"The visit was good I did not really learn anything new because I had been up there before. The visit just reinforced all the good things about Syracuse that I already knew," Mungwa said. "Syracuse is really like a family atmosphere and when I go to Syracuse I feel at home. That is the same feeling that I left with when I was there the last time. Syracuse was everything I thought it was."
On his visit to Syracuse Mungwa's host was Jarrod West. Last season before committing to Syracuse late in the process West was a Stanford commit before night getting accepted. Over the weekend the two athletes talked about that situation.
"We did talk about the Stanford situation a lot. I did not want to be in the same situation as Jarrod and that is why I wanted to check on Syracuse again just in case I did not get into Stanford."
Besides talking to West the New Jersey product talked with a lot of other people.
"I would have to say that my favorite part of the trip was meeting the players. They have a bunch of good guys up there. We talked about all kinds of stuff, playing under stat system, campus life, academics, and all the usual stuff."
One other person he talked with was Scott Shafer.
"I spent a lot of time with Coach [Scott] Shafer. We just talked about X's and O's and how the safeties fit into his defense. We also talked about where I would play my freshman year if I came in."
With the visit to Syracuse out of the way Mungwa now will play the waiting game as he waits for Stanford to let him in or not.
"There has been no information that anything would not workout. I was over their limit on the SAT's by about 200 points and my grades are solid. I am guessing that I should know in the next couple of weeks."
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