June 29, 2011

McFarlane talks commitment and more

The month of June has been good to the Syracuse football program as far as landing prospects. During this month the fifth prospect to pick the Orange was Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West three star prospect Devante McFarlane.

It was last Friday when the 6-foot-1, 195 pound McFarlane called the Syracuse coaches to tell them the news.

"When I called they were really excited and they said that they couldn't wait for me to commit. They were pretty happy."

McFarlane did not have his Syracuse offer that long, so why was the process of picking the Orange short?

"They were showing me the most love at the end of the day and I felt like they were going to take care of me. They always stuck to their word and I wanted to stay in New York and bring Syracuse back."

Over the few years Doug Marrone has been around recruiting for the Orange he has made sure to nail home the point that Syracuse is very family oriented, that is one factor that caught the attention of the Empire State prospect.

"The most important factor for me was that it is home in New York and they have a good coaching staff that cares about me. I feel like they will take care of me good when I am up there."

Was there a defining moment when McFarlane knew he was going to pick the Orange?

"I did not really have a certain moment where I knew, but I sat down and talked with my family and we talked about what would be the best choice for me."

On Rivals.com McFarlane is listed as an athlete and that is also how Syracuse sees him right now. Even though he does not have a position for college yet he does feel one position is best for him.

"Right now I am being recruited for running back or defensive back," McFarlane said. "I feel that I do play running back better because I have played it longer and have more experience because I have played it for four years."

Since McFarlane is a Syracuse commitment he is ready to join the coaches on the recruiting trail and he has one prospect in his sights already.

"I will be helping them recruit now and the first player I will be talking with is Sean Karl."

Also now that he is heading to Syracuse he will be more interested in their football season and he has high expectations.

"This football season I want to see Syracuse on the top of the Big East and go back to another bowl game."

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