"Interesting" Pledge

Syracuse recently picked up a commitment from Gainesville, Fla., product Tashon Whitehurst and when we spoke to him on Thursday he told us that he's solid with Syracuse right now, but he still plans on exploring other options throughout the recruiting process.

Tashon Whitehurst, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound outside linebacker from Gainesville High School walked us through how he came to become a verbal pledge to the Orange on Thursday and also gave some surprising news in terms of his motives going forward with recruiting.

"When Syracuse first offered me, it was two days before my spring game and I had already had a good relationship with the coaching staff," Whitehurst said. "My Dad's side of the family are from Syracuse and Utica, so he's really familiar with the school and was excited about the offer when I got it. He was actually shocked; that's a better way to put it."

"I stayed in contact with them and my Dad had a number to where he could ask questions as well and what it came down to was that I really want to be committed right now," Whitehurst explained. "I'm definitely going to still look at other schools and take official visits, but for now I'm definitely with Syracuse."

"I want to look at Florida State and LSU who I'm waiting for offers from at this point."

We asked Whitehurst why he committed to Syracuse.

"I have a good relationship with the coaches and I always have a friend with the coaches and can talk to them about anything. I know I'm getting the truth out of those guys."

We try not to become part of the story, but it sounds like Whitehurst could be partially using Syracuse as his safety school for now while he looks for what he considers better things as he was quite open and adamant with us about looking openly at other programs going forward.

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