Relationships Were Key

Marcus Coleman, the latest member of the 2012 recruiting class for Syracuse, had a tough go of it as a junior playing through a severe high ankle sprain, but he is healthy and ready to go for his senior season. We spoke to him on Friday about why he chose the Orange and relationships seemed to be the focus.

Marcus Coleman, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound two-way lineman for Camden Catholic High School committed to Syracuse yesterday and we finally got to catch up with him today to talk about what got his verbal pledge in the end.

"I committed to Syracuse because of the coach's philosophy of family," Coleman said. "Coach Doug Marrone and Coach (Scott) Shafer both believe that developing players as a person isn't separate at Syracuse, its part of our development and maturation as a member of the team and becoming a man."

"Coach Tim Daoust recruited me and we're very close," Coleman added. "He kept in touch with me constantly and we talked about things other than football a lot, which was a big deal to me. I know if you care about me outside of football, you're going to care about me on the field, just like my high school coach does."

Coleman actually has been starting since his freshman year at Camden Catholic and suffered a pretty severe high ankle sprain that lingered; something that we asked if he thought hurt his recruiting.

"It could have a little bit because I think it would have been more explosive on the field, but I don't want to make excuses," Coleman explained. "It was tough to play on, but I just had to get myself ready to play mentally and then just not think about it on the field. It feels great to be healthy now and I'm ready to go for my senior season without having that in the back of my mind every time I plant my leg to move."

Coleman only played offensive line as a junior due to the injury, but will go back to playing both ways as a senior and will play defensive tackle when he gets to Syracuse as well.

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