Syracuse has been very selective with their h-back recruiting in the 2016 class. They only sent out a few offers at the position, and went after their targets hard. One of their top options was Locust Grove (Ga.) Luella athlete Darius Stubbs. Syracuse liked him because his shiftiness, speed and athleticism were a perfect fit.
On Friday, he visited for the first time and committed before returning home.
”I just felt real comfortable with the coaches,” Stubbs said. “The coaches were real, I think, with me. It just felt like a great place to be. The atmosphere there was just amazing.”
Throughout the visit, Stubbs was impressed by Syracuse. The facilities, the campus, the academic opportunities all made an impression. But it was his in-depth meeting with head coach Scott Shafer that sealed the deal.
”I just really love him,” Stubbs said. “He’s a real down to earth guy. I just love the whole coaching staff at Syracuse. That’s what really got me.”
At the end of the meeting, Stubbs told coach Shafer he wanted to join the program. He received a joyous response from the leader of the Orange.
”Oh man, he was real excited,” Stubbs said. “He couldn’t wait to spread the news to the rest of the coaching staff.”
Stubbs himself was not the only one that signed off on Syracuse. Both of his parents joined him on the visit and also fell in love with everything the school and the football program has to offer.
”They also loved it,” Stubbs said. “We did a lot of research before going on the visit. We kind of had an idea on what to expect. Seeing it all in person, it made it even better.”
Another big factor in the Peach State standout’s decision was Syracuse’s strong academic reputation.
”That was real important to me,” he said. “A Syracuse degree holds a lot of weight. That’s one of the reasons I picked Syracuse because that degree holds lots of weight.”
Syracuse is bringing Stubbs in as an h-back in order to take full advantage of his speed, athleticism and playmaking abilities. He sees it as a perfect fit as well.
”I’m a real versatile player,” Stubbs said. “So I can play a lot of different positions. I can go in and block, go out to receiver, go to running back. I can bring a whole bunch of different things to the offense. I’m real diverse.”