Spence talks 'Cuse pledge

Andrew Spence gave Syracuse their eighth commitment in the 2015 class on Friday. CuseNation.com caught up with the 6-foot-2 cornerback to detail his decision.

Coral Gables (Fla.) High cornerback Andrew Spence had not visited Syracuse yet, but that did not prevent him from giving the Orange a verbal commitment before the calendar turned from May to June.

"They kept telling me I was special," Spence said. "They were calling me all the time and telling me how I would fit into the team. It was just a great opportunity. I really like the coaches there a lot."

One of those coaches that Spence has developed a strong relationship with is offensive coordinator George McDonald. The 6-foot-2 corner looks up to McDonald which was a vital part of the recruiting process.

"He's been recruiting me since the beginning of the spring," Spence said. "I really like coach McDonald. He's a good coach. I'm real close with him. I talk to him every day. Just talk about how I'm doing and things like that. He talks to me like I'm his own son or I'm family.

"Of course he was a big part of my decision. He was a huge part."

Another factor was Spence's dream of playing football at the professional level. He believes Syracuse provides him a great opportunity to earn playing time, develop his skills and prepare him for achieving that dream.

"That's a goal of mine," Spence said. "I think they can help me get there. I think they can help me accomplish that."

Syracuse is quite a distance from Spence and his family. The ability to play close to home due to the Orange's conference affiliation.

"That was really important," Spence said. "I talked to my mom about it and she told me if that's what I want I can go ahead and do it. Because she knows she'll be able to see me some times because they plan down here."

What can Syracuse fans expect from the Coral Gables High standout?

"I'm bringing a good guy," Spence said. "I play press and I love to play man. I do that all the time. I love locking coverages. I'm bringing everything; vertical jump, agility, everything."

Spence added that he is not completely shutting down his recruitment. Indiana and UAB remain in contact, and he may consider visiting programs such as those. For now, the only visit on his list is an official to Syracuse this fall. That trip will be his first to Central New York.

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