Mungwa Lands at Syracuse

Unfortunately, even with impeccable academics things still don't work out for some student-athletes at Stanford as was the case for Shutang Mungwa, however his second love has always been for Syracuse and within a half hour of finding out he was denied admission by them he committed to the Orange on Wednesday.

Shutang Mungwa, a hard-hitting, 6-foot-1, 190-pound strong safety from Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J., didn't quite make it into Stanford despite his outstanding academic portfolio, so tonight after finding that out he quickly called the Syracuse staff and made it official that he wanted to be part of the 2011 recruiting class.

"I just got off the phone with Coach (Scott) Shafer and Coach Doug Marrone and committed to Syracuse," Mungwa explained. "They were excited as I was really high on their recruiting board and they just said they were just happy they didn't back off me when I committed to Stanford. I am also happy I didn't cut ties with them when I committed, so it really ended up being a win-win."

"I had already prepared myself for the possibility of this happening with Stanford, so for me it's a new opportunity and when one door closes another one opens," Mungwa stated. "I think I'll have a better opportunity to get on the field early at Syracuse and I'm still going to get a very good education as well which is very important to me."

"I'm just very excited to be able to stay near home now because my parents can come watch me play in games and this wasn't really a second option to me, it was a second No. 1. I committed to Stanford because they're the best academically, but when you stack up the schools as a whole in terms of what they offer with football, academics and the entire package, Syracuse was right there the entire time for me, so I'm thrilled with this outcome."

Scouting Report - Form tackler and violent hitter that has very good instincts against the run and isn't afraid to come up and take out an offensive lineman making a block. Very good closing speed. Super tough. Always knows where the ball is on the field. Makes the little plays and does the dirty work others won't. Excellent on special teams. Can come up and cover receivers in the slot. Best suited as a strong safety. Needs to work on mechanics. - Matt Alkire

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