Perkins commits to Syracuse

Syracuse landed their first commitment in 2015 when running back Tyrone Perkins from the Long Island area committed to the Orange on Wednesday.

The Syracuse Orange are no longer without a commitment in the 2015 class. Locust Valley (N.Y.) Friends Academy running back Tyrone Perkins gave a verbal pledge on Wednesday.

"When I went there over the past few days, guys were really nice," Perkins said. "It felt like a family and the campus was beautiful. Everything was just right. When I went there, it felt like the place to be.

"It feels good. It's nice being close to home. Now that it's kind of over, I can focus on football and school and my upcoming season."

Perkins' relationship with the coaching staff was a big factor in his decision, despite being in just its infancy.

"I really consider our relationship good and still growing," Perkins said. "I feel that it's going to be really tight one day. That relationship was a big part in why I chose Syracuse.

"They didn't sugar coat anything or tell me I'm going to go there and start right away. I have to fight to earn a spot, but there definitely is a good chance during my freshman year to get a good amount of playing time. They have a limited amount of backs when I get there."

Perkins will be joining a historical lineage of running backs at Syracuse. Following in the footsteps of Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little and others is something the Friends Academy standout welcomes.

"It puts a lot of pressure on you to be great," Perkins said. "I like that kind of pressure. Playing behind guys like that, it definitely gives me something to strive for."

Perkins did not have any other offers besides Syracuse and only had interest from some lower level regional programs. But the Orange see a lot of potential in the 6-foot running back.

He describes himself as a balanced player with the power to run through tackles and speed to run away from defenders.

Even if others did look at Perkins down the road, he says he won't look at them because of his love for Syracuse.

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