Chauncey Scissum camped with Syracuse over the summer and did well by his own account, only to be told by Doug Marrone's staff that they would only be accepting on defensive back in the class of 2013 – and that he would not be it.
As time progressed, despite interest from several BCS –level schools, new offers were few and far in between. Scissum, a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder from Rochester (N.Y.) Rush-Henrietta High School, committed to Old Dominion over the summer. Still currently solid on his pledge to the Monarchs, the projected defensive back, who plays quarterback and wide receiver as well, received some different kind of news.
"Syracuse offered," he said. "Coach [Tyrone] Wheatley called my coach on Friday and my coach told me to call him.
"I'm going on a visit this weekend."
The trip, which Scissum later added would be an official visit to Central New York, makes a full-circle journey for the three-star talent. It also brings back the possibility of playing with his former high school teammate and good friend Ashton Broyld, who just finished his freshman season with the Orange.
"He's excited," he said. "He didn't talk about committing or anything…"
Syracuse affords a different opportunity for the New York native than an FCS school can.
"ODU understands if I pick ‘Cuse, they're an ACC team so they get it," he said. "There are better opportunities, not saying I wouldn't have the same thing at ODU. Ad Syracuse moving to the ACC…I've been waiting for a BCS school to give me a chance.
"I know I can play at that level."
The new offer, which is to play defensive back, has everything to do with the new staff.
"I've had a good relationship with Coach Shaffer and Wheatley for a few years now, so I never had a problem with them," said Scissum. "But as soon as Marrone left, they offered so…"
FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com ranks Scissum as the No. 95 cornerback prospect in the class of 2013.