December 15, 2010

SU back in the running for Baxter

Doug Marrone has been able to flip prospects in the late stages of recruiting and he is at it again. This time he has his sights set on Homestead (Homestead, Fl.) defensive back Keith Baxter.

Baxter, 5-foo-11, 180 pounds is still verbally committed to Marshall, but the Orange have made an impression on him.

"The visit was great I had fun. I had a chance to hang out with some of the players and watch practice it was good."

While he was on his trip Baxter had the chance to see something at Syracuse that has not been seen in awhile. He was able to see a practice for a postseason bowl game and that was one item that caught his eye.

"I liked getting to watch them practice, see the facilities, and just being able to hang around the players and feel them out."

While he was around the players he had a lot of questions for them, one of the main questions had to do with the Syracuse coaches.

"I just asked those guys what is it like to be a football player at Syracuse and how are the coaches towards them. I wanted to know how they are really when all of the recruiting stuff is done. I wanted to know if they are going to be like the same people you met during recruiting."

Other than the players the three star product was able to sit down with almost all of the Syracuse coaches.

"I had a chance to sit down with the coaches a few times and speak about some things that I was wondering about," Baxter said. "I sat down with Coach Marrone Coach Adkins, Coach Wheatley, Coach Moore, and Coach Shafer."

On the visit there was not one item that stuck out over the rest, For Baxter the whole visit was what he had hoped for.

"What stuck out for me was everything I enjoyed the whole visit period."

Now that he is done visiting Syracuse where do the Orange stand in his mind?

"I still have them in the same place. I am just trying to relax right now I am still considering them and other schools."

The Sunshine State defensive back did not want to say where teams stood in his mind, but he did have one thing to say about Syracuse.

"They are in the running they are in the running that's all I am going to say.

With visits all set and a long decision process ahead of him Baxter remains in no hurry to pull the trigger and make a final decision.

"It is going to come down close to signing day. This is a very tough decision for me personally. I am just trying to get myself ready for that night and that day because it is going to be tough."


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