Syracuse picked up a huge piece to their 2017 class when Miami (Fla.) Southridge outside linebacker Nadarius Fagan committed to the Orange. He also had offers from Alabama, LSU, Nebraska, USC and several others.
"(It was) because of the coaches," Fagan said. "(They have) the major I want to study, and the environment of the school I really loved it."
Fagan says he wants to study drama, acting, broadcasting, and Syracuse's academic prowess in those areas were a key factor.
In addition, he had a strong relationship with the entire coaching staff. That relationship, combined with making him a huge priority this cycle, was a huge reason why Fagan ultimately chose the Orange.
"Monroe, Babers, Kaufman, most of the coaches," he said. "Guys really showed love. They loved when I'm around and I just felt the love from the school."
Fagan is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound linebacker with tremendous upside. He is a big time athlete with great lateral quickness, toughness and can flat out hit. Scout breaks down his game as follow.
"Fagan is a defensive prospect who loves to hit. He is a kid that flies around the field and plays fast to the ball. His biggest strength is his aggression. He locates the ball and attacks. When he gets there, he strikes the opponent. He loves to get downhill and go after the ball carrier. As a linebacker, he has played inside and outside.
"He could play either on the next level as well and him being a big safety that plays in the box is not out of the question. He can work on his reads, his drops in coverage, and taking better angles to the football. He is a tough football player who sells out on the football field."
The Miami Southridge standout visited Syracuse last month and took a trip to Death Valley to see LSU within the last week. Those two seemed to be the two at the forefront down the stretch of his recruitment. Ultimately, the choice was the Orange.
"I just wasn't feeling the love that I was feeling at Syracuse," he said. "Like, when I go to other schools I just wasn't feeling it. When I'm at Syracuse, I get a vibe that makes me feel like I'm at home."
Fagan has big plans for what Syracuse fans can expect from him, and the team, during his tenure with the Orange.
"They should expect ACC championships," he said. "All conference, everything."
Fagan is the third linebacker to commit to Syracuse this cycle, joining Keirston Johnson and Tyrell Richards. He is the 15th player overall. He is an early enrollee who will start his college career in January.
You can watch Fagan's junior highlights in the video at the top of the page.