Syracuse has 21 commits in the 2012 class already, and not many of the prospects as as solid as DeVante McFarlane. He not only remains on track to sign with SU, but the versatile three-star athlete from Half Hollow Hills West (NY) is already becoming a team player.
McFarlane will visit on the weekend of December 9 along with several other commits and recruits including Tashon Whitehurst, Alvin Cornelius, Kenneth Goins and Wayne Morgan. It's safe to say that Morgan is somewhat of a prized prospect that the Orange hopes to reel in, and McFarlane is willing to help in the process. He spoke to the three-star Brooklyn defensive back recently.
"I'm definitely trying to get him to go to Syracuse," McFarlane said.
As far as where McFarlane will play when he suits up in orange and blue next season, it is still up in the air. He played quarterback, running back, safety and kick returner in his senior season of high school – playing well across the board. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete prefers the running back position, though he is open to playing on the other side of the ball. The coaching staff at Syracuse remains unsure of exactly where he will end up.
"They said they were going to keep me as an athlete," McFarlane said when the staff spoke to him this week. "They're not sure where they're going to put me when I get up there."
McFarlane's versatility kept him on the field in high school, and he plans to fine-tune his skills and speed in the spring while running track.
In the middle of the track campaign, McFarlane will break to sign his letter of intent to the Orange, a scenario he has been thinking about for a long time.
"I seen my cousin go through it (before), so I kind of know a little bit about it," he said. "I can't wait for that moment."
McFarlane said it was safe to say that him signing with Syracuse is a "lock," though Vanderbilt, who has offered him, has been recruiting him hard all season long and continues to now that his prep football career is over.