Chauncey Scissum was a late edition to the Syracuse recruiting class. Not offered by the old staff, Scott Shafer contacted Scissum immediately after accepting the new head coaching position. That led to an offer, which eventually led to a commitment from the 3-star defensive back.
"It's been great up to this point," the Rochester (NY) product admitted. "I finally found a school that fits me. I had a lot of offers and worked real hard in the offseason and things like that. To sign and see all that work pay off, it's a great feeling.
The Syracuse offer was one that did not come easy. The old staff told Scissum they were not interested. But coach Shafer continued to develop that relationship, and it ended paying off for both sides.
"It was kind of what I was waiting for," Scissum explained. "It's a BCS offer. It's the hometown team. It was just a breath of fresh air and a great opportunity right in front of me. I'm blessed to have this opportunity."
With the recruiting process over and his letter of intent signed, Scissum is looking forward to getting on campus and starting his Syracuse career.
"I'm excited to get with the team," he said. "See how I fit in with them and everything. I liked the guys on my visit so I can't wait to hang out with them. And then I get to play for coach Shafer. You know, we have a great relationship over the years and from me going to camp. So I can't wait to continue that and play for him."
With the excitement comes the knowledge that hard work is ahead. Scissum is planning on continuing to develop his game, so that he can achieve the goals he has set for himself and the Orange.
"I'm going to work on everything," Scissum declare. "There's not one category that I'm not going to work in. I can say I'm just going to really work on my all around game. Building my strength and my speed to continue to get better.
"I just want to make the team better and hopefully get a championship."