Syracuse 'first' with Kittles

Despite their huge defensive back haul in the 2014 class, Syracuse is still looking to add more depth and talent in their secondary in 2015. Richie Kittles received an early offer from the Orange and discusses the latest inside.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan High defensive back Richie Kittles only has one offer, and it's from Syracuse. The Orange have visited his school a few times in order to show their interest. Offensive coordinator George McDonald stopped by while they were closing out their 2014 class.

"I didn't really get to talk to him," Kittles said. "I just talked and said hi. He stopped by my school but we didn't have a long talk or anything. They mostly talk to coach Hill (head coach at Stranahan High).

"They don't really talk to me directly. They're waiting on my senior year to really talk to me and come after me hard. But I know they're interested in me."

This spring could help the Orange in their pursuit of Kittles, as he is looking to take a visit to check out the campus.

"I'm going up to visit after I take my ACT in April," Kittles said. "The thing I want to see is the fan base. I've heard that the Syracuse fan base is great, and that's a good thing. I feed off the crowd and things like that. And it's in New York, which is the place to be.

"The fans tweet me and that has a great impact. It shows they care about football up there."

Kittles has tweeted that he should "just commit" to Syracuse. Despite those tweets shortly after Syracuse offered, he plans on taking his time to some extent.

"An early commitment is possible," Kittles said. "But I've talked to a lot of people and football players who are older than me. They said to be patient and enjoy the process."

The good news for Orange fans is that the first offer is a huge deal for Kittles.

"Syracuse stands first with me," Kittles said. "I told my coach that the first school to offer me is going to be, most likely, the first school that I fall in love with. Syracuse was that first school."

Kittles added that he has heard from Louisville, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Indiana and FAU recently. None have offered, however.


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