Spartans land former Syracuse WR Oquendo

A former all-NYC football and track star appears headed to Michigan State after signing with Syracuse a season ago. How can this be? Who is this player and what is his eligibility? Scout.com breaks it down for you inside

EAST LANSING - Former Syracuse commitment Diego Oquendo appears headed to Michigan State after giving them his verbal commitment.

Oquendo, 6-foot-1, 170-pounds from Staten Island (NY)Tottenville high school, will join MSU with apparently all four years of eligibility remaining.

After signing with Syracuse, the all-New York City wide receiver was "grey-shirted" or held out of enrolling in classes. That is where the story becomes murky. It appears that Syracuse over booked the number of scholarships available and rather than have Oquendo attend a prep school, endeavored to have him wait until the winter semester to enroll.

Instead, it appears Oquendo, like former University of Michigan standout safety Greg Cooper, never enrolled in school and became eligible to receive a scholarship from another school.

He visited last week and gave a verbal commitment to the Spartans yesterday. He is not without talent. Oquendo caust 12 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns for Tottenville. He also fielded four punts for 172 yards and two touchdowns. After switching over to defensive back, he had 37 tackles, 3 sacks and a pick.

He is known as an explosive game changing receiver who has sprinter's speed. He helped lead Tottenville to a perfect season his senior year. In the championship game, Oquendo blocked a punt and carried it into the end zone for a touchdown. Then he made a leaping, one-handed catch for another score.

He is from the same school that produced Adewale Ogunleye of the Miami Dolphins.


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