Eskridge Turns Orange

Syracuse continues to pound the State of Florida on the recruiting trail and it paid off again this week when the Orange hauled in Miami athlete Durell Eskridge who we caught up with on Saturday morning about his verbal commitment.

Durell Eskridge, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete from Miami Central High School is the newest Syracuse commitment and while his projected position says wide receiver that isn't where he'll be playing at Syracuse.

"I committed to Syracuse on Wednesday," Eskridge stated. "Coach (Scott) Shafer came down to the school to visit with me and I actually told him right then and there that I was ready to commit to Syracuse, so I'm going to play free safety for them. He was very excited to have me and I'm definitely ready to get up there."

"I just love the Syracuse program," Eskridge added. "It's an up and coming program and I see that the kids from my year are talented enough to go up there and help to win a national championship. I've watched a lot of them on television this year and I just see a ton of young talent that just hasn't hit its peak yet. I really believe that when it does we're going to win a national title."

"I played free safety, wide receiver and returned punts in high school, so I'll be completely comfortable coming in at safety," Eskridge explained. "I'm definitely a ball hawk and I run the field well. Wherever the ball is, I am at. I definitely have good hands being a receiver and then if I get an interception I can make plays and get it back to the end zone. I also really like to hit, so with that combination I know I can be a great free safety up at Syracuse."

Eskridge currently has 20 catches for 300 yards and four touchdowns on the season and has returned a punt for a touchdown. He also has two interceptions on the season. His team will be playing in the 6A State semi-finals on Friday against Cypress Bay and if they win that game, they'll be in the State Championship.

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