Lake Zurich (IL) middle linebacker Colton Moskal had been keeping a secret for a few days. Zaire Franklin had tweeted that he hated keeping secrets on Friday. That secret turned out to Moskal's commitment to Syracuse, Franklin confirmed shortly after Moskal tweeted his intention to play for the Orange on Saturday.
"I just felt like the time was right," Moskal explained. "I felt comfortable with the coaches and the other commitments and other players that are there. I don't think Zaire Franklin being in my ear played a part, but definitely our friendship that we've built already, that definitely was a factor.
"Having him and A.J. Long there, egging me on, made it that much better. They want the team to be the best it can be. So for them to want me and view me as that important, I'm just happy to be a part of it."
There were other factors as to why the 6-foot-2 linebacker became the fourth member of Syracuse's 2014 class. The coaching staff and current players were important in the decision as well.
"Definitely the coaches and their relationship with one another was huge," Moskal admitted. "They've been together for a while. Definitely the campus. I love the campus. The Dome obviously and the fans. They all play a big role in it.
"Then the players already there making it feel like a family atmosphere. That was very important to me."
Syracuse quarterbacks coach Tim Lester was responsible for recruiting Illinois. The relationship between him and Moskal helped the Orange land their second linebacker in the class.
"Coach Lester was my primary recruiter," Moskal said. "Coach Lester has been to my school a couple of times and stuff. Him always keeping in contact on Facebook and stuff. Showing how much he wanted me was a big part of it."
The natural question whenever a prospect commits is whether he will still take visits to other schools. Moskal says Orange fans won't have to worry about that.
"No more visits," Moskal declared. "I'm committed to Syracuse University. Yes I will be joining Zaire and A.J. helping with the 2014 class. Let's get after it hard."
Now that his recruitment is over, Moskal has lofty goals for his career at Syracuse.
"The goal is obviously to be the best," Moskal claimed. "We want an ACC Championship and a National Championship. That's what we want. Syracuse fans can expect my 100% effort. I'm going to give it all to Syracuse University."