Mitch Kimble was a Northern Illinois commit, and then the Huskies' staff took over at North Carolina State. His scholarship offer carried over and the Wolfpack were in heavy contention for his signature on February 6 .
Then, almost out of the blue, Syracuse shows up at his house with its new staff. An offer was handed out and a visit was set up. From that point, Kimble knew his destination was Central New York, which he made public Monday.
"After visiting Syracuse I just really felt like that it was a good fit for me and I wanted to check out N.C. State to get closure on my decision to make sure," he said. "After the visit, I knew for sure.
"It's what's best for me. I'm really excited about my decision."
The process was an up-and-down one for the Jerseyville (Ill.) Jersey Community High standout.
"It's been pretty crazy, but after taking these couple of visits and meeting with all the coaches it felt like Syracuse was the right fit for me," he added.
Kimble was recruited by new quarterback coach Tim Lester primarily, and new Orange head coach Scott Shafer pursued the 6-foot-2, 190-pound dual-threat aggressively as well.
"I really love what they're coaches are putting together," he said. "I really enjoyed talking to them, I feel like they're putting together something special. I'm excited to play for them, it's just exciting…
"I talked to coach [Scott] Shafer and Coach [Tim] Lester. They were very excited, they can't wait to get me started to play for them."
Considered a multi-talented signal-caller, Kimble scouted himself as to what the Orange is receiving in his ability.
"I think they're getting a competitive dual-threat QB that can throw the ball and run the ball," he said. "I'm really smart in my decisions and I think I could compete for the starting job there and hopefully win an ACC championship for Syracuse."
"That was a big factor, being able to have a chance to the job," he continued. "That was one factor, taking advantage there but it was just the perfect fit for me."
With uncertainty around the position with just over a week until signing day, the staff let Kimble know he was their top priority.
"They told me I'm the guy they want, I think they're done," he said.
A summer enrollee, Kimble is looking forward to signing with the Orange, as he has no additional visits scheduled before February 6. He did, however, have a message for Syracuse.