Benzschawel Details Syracuse Pledge

Syracuse landed a talented prospect on Wednesday when three star Grafton (Wisc.) High athlete Beau Benzschawel announced his intentions on Twitter. He discusses why the Orange was the best fit inside.

After his unofficial visit was over, three star Grafton (Wisc.) High athlete Beau Benzschawel said the Orange were his top school. Three days later, he took the next step by verbally committing.

"With everything happening, I just figured it would be easy to get out of the way right now," Benzschawel said. "I knew that Syracuse was a great school and it was the school I wanted to go to.

"Really I just talked to my parents and they were all for it. We kind of figured this would be the best time to do it. I committed and now I'm going to Syracuse."

One reason Benzschawel did not commit during the visit was the fact that his dad was not on the trip. He wanted to speak with his father before making a decision.

After that conversation, Beau and his parents felt comfortable with Syracuse as the place he would continue his football career.

"They were excited," Benzschawel said. "They were happy for me that everything worked out. They were just really excited."

Once they reached that conclusion, it was time to call the Syracuse head coach and make it official.

"I called (head) coach (Scott) Shafer," Benzschawel said. "He said he was very excited and he can't wait for me to be on the team. He said he was happy I was part of the family. It just felt like home."

Now that Benzschawel has committed to Syracuse, there is a bit of a relief off of his shoulders. The good news for Orange fans is he is shutting down his recruitment and will only be taking one official visit.

"It feels great," Benzschawel said. "All the hard work paid off. Now I get to play some of the best football in the country. It's going to be great. I'm done looking at other schools. I'm fully committed."

Looking forward to his Syracuse career, Benzschawel knows what kind of impression he wants to leave on the program.

"I want to be a great football player," Benzschawel said. "I want to leave a legacy and be remembered as a guy that was a great player at the university.

"Syracuse fans can expect a strong work ethic. On the field and with academics, I'm going to give it my all. All the time they'll get my best."

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