'I want to be the face of the program'

Alin Edouard made a verbal commitment to Syracuse on Sunday despite having never stepped foot on the campus. Why did he feel so comfortable with the program without seeing it in person? CuseNation.com spoke to the three star signal caller to find out.

Alin Edouard committing to Syracuse isn't a big surprise on the surface. But considering he has never visited the campus makes his announcement on Sunday a bit outside the norm. Having a strong relationship with the Syracuse staff helped that decision come earlier than expected.

"Back in February when I was committed to Miami, Syracuse was one of those schools that never stopped recruiting me," Edouard said. "They've been on my back ever since I was committed to Miami. I felt like today was the day for me to commit to Syracuse.

"I love (offensive coordinator) coach (George) McDonald. I speak with him every week. That's what it's supposed to be like when you commit to a school. You're supposed to talk to their coaches every week to see how they're doing and things like that. But I'll be visiting January 10th."

Another big factor is Edouard's relationship with two current Syracuse players. The two fellow Sunshine State products helped give Edouard a strong comfort level with the program despite not seeing the campus in person.

"I know Ritchy Desir and Durell Eskridge," Edouard said. "They've told me about Syracuse and that made me comfortable with the school. They wouldn't lie to me. I know Durrel and Ritchy when they were in high school. I know them and they've been texting me about the school."

When Edouard's mind was made up, he called Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer to inform him of his decision. The news was a happy surprise for the Orange head man.

"He was surprised," Edouard said. "He thought I was calling just to talk to him but I was calling to commit. He was excited about it."

Edouard says he is a strong verbal to Syracuse, though he does plan on taking a couple other official visits. Despite that fact, he was emphatic about his intentions not to repeat what happened with Miami.

"I mean, I'm still taking visits," Edouard said. "But as of right now I'm Syracuse. I am not decommitting from Syracuse. Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Syracuse. That's where I'm going to visit. I've only scheduled Syracuse though."

With Edouard in the fold, he plans on helping Syracuse land a couple other talented prospects from the area. Priority number one is North Miami Beach (Fla.) High wide receiver Steve Ishmael.

"Yeah I talk with Steve every day," Edouard said. "Hopefully I can help get him. I won't force him, but I'll try talking to him. I'm going to try to get Juwan Dowels on the same boat too."

When he arrives on campus, the three star prospect wants to help turn the Orange into a national power.

"Getting my education first and then playing ball," Edouard said. "I'm just trying to be the face of the program. I want to do what Bridgewater did for Louisville."

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