When linebacker Parris Bennett visited Syracuse on Saturday, many of the Orange fan base were hoping for a commitment before he returned to his Detroit (MI) home. That didn't happen, and Bennett had a second visit to Pittsburgh set up for later in the coming week.
The 6-foot prospect slept on the visit and considered what playing at Syracuse would be like. Two days later, Orange seemed like the right color for him.
"I just really sat down and talked to my parents," Bennett explained. "We all just felt like it was the right decision because I felt it when I was visiting. I just had to at least talk to my parents about it. We all felt good about it."
That relationship continued as Lea took the same position at Syracuse. He recruited Bennett even harder, making him a big priority for the Orange. That paid dividends when the University of Detroit Jesuit standout discusses his recruitment with his family.
"We talked about the future I would have there," Bennett recalled. "In terms of playing and being around certain people. Me and Coach Lea, we have a really good relationship. I can talk to him about anything. We've talked a bunch so we just felt it was the right time and fit for a decision. I felt really comfortable."
With his mind made up, there was only one thing left to do. Call the man that he would be playing for over the next few years to deliver the good news.
"I called the linebackers coach, Coach Lea," Bennett said. "I committed to him and he was very excited. He was passing the coach around and I talked to a bunch of the coaches. I had actually called Coach Shafer not too long ago and talked to him. They were really excited."
Not to be underestimated was the impact that fellow commits Zaire Franklin, A.J. Long and Colton Moskal had on Bennett's decision. He says while other schools employed the same tactic, Syracuse was more affective.
"It was a good factor," Bennett claimed. "They weren't the only school that had commits talk to me. It's still good and it was a lot more. Between the three or four different commits that were talking to me trying to get me to join. Zaire is a cool guy. I had good conversations with him."
Bennett is shutting down his recruitment. He says he is focused on getting better for his career at Syracuse.
"Yeah I'm just going to focus on my high school season," Bennett claimed. "Just becoming a better player for my team and leading my team this season. Once I get to Syracuse, of course I want to just win games, win championships and win bowls."