McFarlane Commits to SU just got off the phone with Dix Hills, N.Y., running back DeVante McFarlane who has decided to join the Class of 2012 for the Syracuse Orange and he says that he may be able to fill a number of different needs for them when he gets on campus.

DeVante McFarlane, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound running back from Half Hollow Hills High School West has just given his commitment to Syracuse and we spoke to him about pulling the trigger moments ago.

"I just committed this morning to Syracuse," McFarlane stated. "I spoke to Doug Marrone and Coach (John) Anselmo and they were really excited about having me. They told me that they really want to have New York players and want to win the Big East with home grown talent."

"I really wanted to stay in New York and make an impact in the state, so this definitely gives me the opportunity to do that," McFarlane said. I also had offers from Vanderbilt, Buffalo, Kent State and a lot of I-AA schools, but Syracuse was definitely where I wanted to be."

"They told me they want me to just come in as an athlete and we'll go from there in terms of where I fit in," McFarlane explained. "I could end up at running back, wide receiver or defensive back. I've played both cornerback and safety, so I think I could end up at either one at the college level to be honest with you."

We asked McFarlane what else led him to the Orange.

"Feeling comfortable with the coaching staff and feeling really loved with them was a big deal. Syracuse also never shied away from me and I spent a lot of time with Coach Anselmo and Coach Marrone both at SUNY-Maritime and when I made the trip to the Main Campus as well."

As a junior, McFarlane was named first-team All-County and All-Conference.

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