Priorities Straight

Some times in this business you come away from a conversation with a commitment knowing that they "get it" and after talking with Julian Whigham, the 14th addition to the Orange's recruiting class; it was pretty obvious that the Florida product was one of those kids.

Julian Whigham knows he'll come into Syracuse vying for a spot at cornerback with his slender 6-foot, 175-pound frame and is going to work his tail off to impress coaches, but after talking to him that wasn't the keystone of our conversation.

The Palm Beach Gardens native came across as very mature and was loquacious on the phone with us; obviously focused on a possible degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications and certainly has his future in mind.

"Coach Anselmo came down back before our spring game and his main focus was seeing me tackle, watching my spring game and then having me up to camp," Whigham said. "After that he invited me up to their camp and I took that opportunity to go up there and show him that I could cover on the outside at cornerback. They really aren't sure if I'm going to grow into an ideal safety as I only go 6-foot, 175 pounds, so that's what they wanted to see from me."

"Once I got up to Syracuse I got to see the outside of the buildings and the campus and everything I saw was really nice," Whigham added. "The Syracuse coaches really made me feel like a part of the family and that's why I thought it was a great time to commit. One of the things that they talked about a lot is that I would be the only corner they were taking this year and that definitely made me feel wanted. All of the other schools I talked to like Wisconsin or Maryland made me feel like just a number; and I wanted to be a person which Syracuse made me feel like."

"I want to major in Journalism when I get up there and they have one of the top schools for that, so that was one of the key reasons I committed so early. All of the undergraduate programs are great and when I sat down with my family I communicated that this was an institution I'd want to attend even if I wasn't playing football, so it became an easy choice."

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