Cornerback is becoming a position of major focus for Syracuse as they approach the home stretch of the 2014 recruiting cycle. They have offered several prospects recently, including Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd H. Anderson High corner Derrick Tindal.
"Yes they offered," Tindal said. "They called my coach and coach told me. They had said they would call this week and when they did they offered. It was coach (George) McDonald.
"He came down last year to talk to some of our players and I talked to him then. We don't a long standing relationship but he seems like a good guy."
Tindal said that when he spoke to offensive coordinator George McDonald, he was told there were several reasons why he stood out to the Orange.
"They like that I'm physical," Tindal said. "That I'm not afraid to come up and hit. They also like that I'm great in coverage. They think I can come in and make a difference in their program. I'm going to give them a serious look."
The three star prospect continues to learn about Syracuse. One reason to find out what the program is all about is by visiting the campus. While that has not bee scheduled yet, he plans on making Syracuse one of his stops when he takes his official visits.
"He said he's going to call and we will schedule it," Tindal said. "We haven't set up a date yet. But I plan on getting up there for an official."
Syracuse isn't the only school after Tindal. He currently holds six offers, but says a few are standing out. The Orange also have a shot at making that list.
"Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Bowling Green and Marshall," Tindal said. "I'm pretty open, but right now my favorites are Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Marshall. I really want to go where I can have a fast chance to start. A school where I like the environment. If Syracuse keeps in touch and I like the visit, I would put them up there."
A decision for the three star prospect isn't likely to come until after he takes his official visits. However, he admits it is possible that he decides during one of those trips.
"It's whenever I feel comfortable," Tindal said. "Whenever I'm sure about it. If I feel like that on a visit, I might commit then."