Three-star Hamden (Conn.) Hall defensive end Brandon Ginnetti is the second Syracuse commit to lose their senior season of high school football due to injury. During a pre-season practice, Ginnetti was participating in a footwork drill. He stepped on a bag and because of the way he stepped and subsequently landed, he fractured his foot.
He joins three-star running back Tyrone Perkins as the other Orange commit sidelined from an injury.
Ginnetti is upbeat despite the injury, vowing to return and be ready to go when arrives on the Syracuse campus.
"I'm getting surgery on my foot (Monday)," Ginnetti said. "I'll be 100% and ready to go in January. The doctor said it will feel like I never did it. He said absolutely no problems in the future after it heals."
Ginnetti broke the news to Syracuse after finding out the severity of his prognosis. The response he received from the coaching staff meant a lot.
"I told them everything and they are great about it," Ginnetti said. "They understand that stuff happens and said my scholarship will not be affected. Coach Shafer said to not rush back and said just get healthy. It means a real lot to me. IT shows that they have faith in me to come in next year and make a big impact.
"I will have plenty of time to get into shape for next year."
The Hamden Hall standout remains solidly committed to Syracuse. The coaching staff sticking by his side in the wake of an injury certainly does not hurt. No other schools have come calling for football, he said. But some have called to recruit him for baseball. Ginnetti has declined their invitations saying he is fully committed to the Orange.