Life Long Syracuse Fan

The Orange picked up their first high school commitment for the Class of 2012 in life long Syracuse fan Ben Barrett before signing day and we waited a bit before calling to do an interview with him so we could give him his time to shine and some front page love in an interview.

Ben Barrett, a 6-foot-4.5, 255-pound offensive lineman from Christian Brothers Academy committed to Syracuse back on January 31st before members of the 2011 Class had already signed their names on their letters of intent and he says he plans on turning into a recruiter now that he has made his pledge.

"I picked Syracuse mainly because of the academics and because I felt a great connection with the coaching staff," Barrett said. "Coach (Doug) Marrone is a great guy and has done a great job with the program over the past few years and it's always been a dream of mine as a fan of the school to get them back on top. Also, it doesn't get much better than Syracuse academically, so it was a win, win for me."

"They offered me a week before I committed and after talking to my family and my coaches I just knew there was nothing more I could want in a school because growing up I was always a Syracuse fan, so it just felt right," Barrett explained. "I also feel like I can help recruit other players because I love the school and see what a great place it is, so I can instill that in other kids."

"I talked to Coach Marrone about where I'll play and he just said they're going to wait to see how my body matures, so he was very honest and said they're going to wait and see where I'll play when I get up there. I play defensive end and offensive tackle in high school, but I could definitely kick inside to guard and be comfortable because I have played every position except for center on the offensive line at C.B.A. throughout the years."

As a junior, Barrett was named first-team All-League.

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