Syracuse football received some good news on Saturday as they were able to add the first prospect to their 2014 class. Local West Genesee (NY) running back Naesean Howard's unofficial visit to the hill started at 9am, and by early afternoon, he was Orange.
"I committed to Syracuse because Syracuse has been my dream school since I was younger," Howard explained. "I just love the town of Camillus and I know Coach (Scott) Shafer is going to build a great football program in the upcoming years. I just want to help the program as much as I can."
While Syracuse has always been his dream school, Howard needed to make sure it was the right place for him. His visit along with talking to the coaches was all he needed to pull the trigger.
"Being around the coaches, knowing they have good spirits, and just trusting God," Howard claimed. "I just felt like they were my type of people. Coach Shafer is a good guy and coach (Tim) Daoust is a good guy. It just gave me a good vibe about them and the program."
When Howard made his commitment known to new head coach Scott Shafer, the response was expectedly positive. With Howard in the fold, he will look to help the Orange build a strong class.
"I talked to Coach Shafer," Howard recalled. "Me and my parents and Coach Shafer were in a room. I told him I wanted to commit. He stood up, shook our hands, and told me that he's going to try build a solid recruiting class around me. That I have to help him try to build the recruiting class.
"We were talking about his interview on ESPN with how he plans to have a big year this upcoming year and in the future of his career. I am going to help him recruit to make that happen."
Staying so close to home was not only important for the 5-foot-11 running back, but also to his family.
"My parents love it," the Central New York standout said. "My parents wanted me to stay home. They feel comfortable here and are happy they won't have to go far to see me play."
The commitment was a dream come true for Howard. He was able to turn hard work into something he had thought about since he was little. The local talent is happy to have the process over with the result he's always desired.
"It feels good that I don't have to look into any other schools," Howard admitted. "Now that I've committed to Syracuse, which is my dream school, I feel good about it because I've been working towards this since I was four years old. "