The rising senior said he was surprised by the offer, which came from defensive backs coach Fred Reed.
"Coach came and talked to my coach," Culbreth said. "He talked to him for a while, and coach Reed said that he wanted to give me an offer to Syracuse."
"An offer to go to a D-1 college like I hear about on T.V. all the time?" Culbreth said. "It was exciting to me."
The 6-foot-2 recruit has played on the offensive and defensive lines in high school, and he is being recruited as both, currently.
"He (Reed) asked what position I wanted to play, and my answer is that I just wanted to play football," Culbreth said. "If I get there, I guess, they are going to put me where the want me."
Culbreth has no favorite school right now, and he wants to see what happens with the recruiting process before he commits. He expects to visit a camp Syracuse will host in June.
Though he is still learning about the program, Culbreth said he has watch Syracuse and likes how the team plays on both sides of the ball.
Currently, he doesn't have any idea when he will announce his commitment. He has recently talked with Duke and Oregon, which he says have appealing educational opportunities. Neither school has offered him a scholarship.
"I really like Oregon, but I would be far away from home," Culbreth said. "And I like their academics. I like the academics of most schools. Especially Duke's. I think they have a good program."
He ranks academics and proximity to home as the top two components to his decision.
Culbreth is using the summer to work on gaining lean muscle. Currently listed at 262 pound, he will need it no matter which line he plays on.
He said that his attempts to improve have kept him from becoming overwhelmed by the recruiting process. He is excited about the fact that he will soon play FBS-level football. But right now, he's just trying to get through it.
"It has been a rush," Culbreth said. "It's coming fast. It is nice, but at the same time, I don't know which school I want to go to.
"I am nervous. It is a new life. It is something different. You are by yourself this time. It is all crazy."