Howard: "I fell in love with Syracuse"

West Genesee (N.Y.) running back/safety Naesean Howard makes it official on National Signing Day.

The abrupt snow day may have put a wrinkle into West Genesee (N.Y.) running back/safety Naesean Howard's National Letter of Intent ceremony at his high school, but that didn't stop him from taking in everything about this exciting day.

"It was just me, my mom and my coach (Joe Corley)" Howard said. "We were standing by the fax machine and my coach asked me if I wanted to press send button. I smiled and gave a joyful laugh, pressed the button, shook my coach's hand, and told him thank you."

His first-ever college game happened to be at the Carrier Dome. Since then, it has always been a goal to suite up for the Orange.

"I've always dreamed of playing for my hometown," Howard said. "I fell in love with Syracuse."

Howard recalled that particular day when he was introduced to that Syracuse atmosphere.

"I was saying, 'Go FU' because I thought that's what the other fans were saying," Howard recalls. "It was my first college game ever and I didn't know them by SU, just Syracuse or 'Cuse. When I said 'Go FU' all the fans were giving me a weird look. My dad was like, 'Oh, sit down.'"

Howard's goals are simple: produce on and off the field.

"My goals are to be on track academically from the first day to the last day of my senior year and to just perform good on the field for myself and my teammates," Howard said.

West Genesee has rescheduled the ceremony for all its student-athletes on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.

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