Some late drama as signing day approached included the status of Duluth (Ga.) Northview defensive tackle Tyler Cross. The three-star talent had been committed to Syracuse since July, but took two other official visits. One to Georgia State the weekend of January 16th and the other to Wake Forest the weekend prior to signing day.
It was the Wake visit that was the one that had some Syracuse fans concerned. Especially when he went silent to the media and fellow Orange commits after returning home from that trip. Then his high school announced on Twitter that he would decide on National Signing Day between Syracuse and the Demon Deacons.
Late Tuesday night, Cross confirmed with CuseNation.com that he was signing with Syracuse, taking some of the intrigue out of his signing day activities. After signing, he said Wake Forest was never under serious consideration. That the visit only reinforced his original decision, mainly because of his position coach at Syracuse.
"It was the coaches," Cross said. "Tim Daoust. I can't wait to put in work with coach Daoust. I love him. He's a great guy. He's my d-line coach so we're married. I've got his back and he's got mine. I'm excited about him coaching me and taking me to the next level."
Syracuse took nothing for granted, however. Cross said the Orange stayed in constant communication throughout his recruitment, including the last few days leading up to signing day.
Cross added that he and his family are very excited about signing with Syracuse today and cannot wait to start his career in Orange.