December 14, 2010
Eskridge reflects on commitment
This season the Syracuse Orange are looking to improve their overall team speed. One of the latest prospects to pick Syracuse is Durell Eskridge and he is a prospect who fits what the Orange are doing perfect.
What was it exactly that sold the three star prospect on Syracuse?
"Their defense it was the defense. They come out hard hitting. They showed great interest in me from day one and Coach Shafer has just been after me. They were who I was ready to go with."
Eskridge, 6-foot-2, 195 pounds was always high on the Orange and his bond with the Orange got stronger during the process as did his bond with Scott Shafer.
"Coach Shafer was my main recruiter. Coach Shafer came out and watched my practice and he liked what he saw and I like Syracuse. We had that connection right away," Eskridge said. "Syracuse was always in my top five when it came to the schools I was looking at and after that they just kept moving up."
There were a lot of schools looking to acquire his services from all over the east coast.
"I had offers from Florida State, Georgia, Purdue, Central Florida, Memphis, Cincinnati and I am pretty sure that is about it. There were also a lot of schools showing a lot of interest."
What was it about the Orange that put them over those other schools?
"Syracuse was ready to use me as an athlete because I play both sides of the ball, plus I return kicks. They wanted me as an athlete and not all of the schools were recruiting me that way. That is what made me pick Syracuse."
The Sunshine State product did not have his offer for long, but he knew once he received the official paper work that he was headed north.
"When Coach Shafer surprised me with the offer at the school that was my defining moment. He came down about three weeks ago."
Like his teammate and current Orange commit Oliver Vigille, Eskridge has not yet visited Syracuse. Now since he committed to Syracuse the visit has been scheduled. Despite never being to Syracuse he will not back out on his verbal if his visit does not go the way he plans.
"I have my visit planned for January 14th.," Eskridge stated. "I will not change my commitment because I know I would have to adapt to any place that I went. I know that where ever I go it is not going to be like Miami."
On Rivals.com Eskridge is listed as a wide receiver, but the Orange wanted to recruit him as an athlete. They have told him where he will start his career however he may not stay there.
"First I am going to start out at safety. They did see my tape at wide receiver, I am really not sure. I guess when I get up there I will play where ever they need me."
Being such a versatile player has worked to the prospects advantage so far in football and he feels he will bring a lot to the table for Syracuse.
"I think I just bring athleticism, great discipline, and just being a great player."
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