Syracuse has landed their fifth commitment in the last six days as Grafton (Mass.) Memorial athlete Ifeatu Melifonwu pulled the trigger on Saturday. He committed to the Orange as a defensive back, though he also plays wide receiver for his high school squad. He will play cornerback or free safety for SU.
Melifonwu is the second pledge of the day, joining Florida linebacker Keirston Johnson.
"Just a long talk with my family," Melifonwu said. "My brother goes to UConn and I kind of wanted to carve my own path at Syracuse."
Melifonwu visited Syracuse last month, and has had the Orange at the top of his list. During his visit the 6-foot-1 defensive back was impressed by what he saw. He entered the trip without an offer, but left with one in hand.
"I loved the campus, the athletic facilities and the coaching staff," Melifonwu said. "My relationship with the coaches was really important because I felt like I could be honest with them."
After driving home and discussing the opportunity with his family and weighing his options over several days, Melifonwu made the decision to commit to Syracuse.
He becomes the first defensive back in Syracuse's 2017 class and 12th player overall. Syracuse was chosen over offers from Boston College and UConn. Northwestern also expressed interest. He plans to visit again this summer.
Melifonwu is versatile enough to play corner or safety with his combination of size, athleticism and instincts. You can check out highlights of the new Orange pledge in the video at the top of the page.