Ginnetti is Orange

Syracuse added their second defensive end in the 2015 class on Wednesday when Brandon Ginnetti committed one day after an unofficial visit.

Hamden (Conn.) Hall defensive end Brandon Ginnetti gave Syracuse their second commitment in two days and 13th overall when he pledged Orange one day after an unofficial visit.

The trip was what sealed the deal for the 6-foot-3 prospect, who got a feel for the program and school as a whole.

"I got to meet all the coaches," Ginnetti said. "I got a chance to tour the dorms and I met with the academic people. The people that would help with tutoring and stuff. I checked out the facilities and the weight room. I met with the woman in charge of academics and she showed me their business program. I got to walk along Marshall Street and then I got lunch on my own.

"I was impressed by everything. It wasn't just one thing. It was everything. I liked the coaches, I liked the football program and I liked the school."

Another huge part of Ginnetti's decision was his relationship with the Syracuse coaching staff. He spent extended time with each while on the visit.

"I talked to Tim Daoust, the defensive line coach," Ginnetti said. "He talked to me about techniques and stuff. Just fundamentals of the d-line. I spoke with coach Chuck Bullough. He talked to me about the defense and how I would fit in. How Syracuse does things.

"Then I talked to the head coach, Scott Shafer, for a while. We talked about how bad he wants me to go there. That just made me more interested. It felt good to know someone wants you like that, and that you can become a part of a program and actually have an impact on it."

Making Syracuse his come was in the back of Ginnetti's mind. But patience was the theme here in order to make sure it was the right place for him.

"I definitely thought about committing on the trip," Ginnetti said. "Coach told me to take the night and go sleep on it. Just really think about it and give him a call the next day."

The Hamden Hall standout did indeed call Syracuse back and committed over the phone. After waking up the morning after his visit, it still felt like home.

"It was just that I could see myself at that school," Ginnetti said. "I could see myself being successful at that school on and off the field. My dad liked it. He met the coaches and liked them. He was all for it.

"I think I can have a pretty good impact on the team. I can bring some energy and make some plays. I can get through the line and make some plays."

Ginnetti chose Syracuse over offers from Boston College, Illinois, Army and Buffalo.


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