NYC WR: A Late Commit to Syracuse

Tottenville High School (Staten Island, NY) football coach James Munson knew Syracuse University would be the best fit for his player Diego Oquendo.<br><br>

"Syracuse University with Coach Pasqualoni has the perfect fit of academic's and athletics' for Diego. Once Coach Pasqualoni found out Diego was a senior and not a junior( which was incorrectly put on PSAL website that Diego was a junior), he came to school to talk to Diego and his mom and really impressed them.

"Diego and his mom then went to Syracuse on an official visit and absolutely loved it. That sealed the deal."

Oquendo chose Syracuse over an offer from South Carolina and strong interest from Penn State. Will Diego Oquendo committing to Syracuse stem the tide of Penn State getting New York City's top football prospects?

Munson responded by saying, "We would like all our players to stay home and play for Coach Pasqualoni. Coach Pasqualoni has done a lot for New York City PSAL Football."

Oquendo is a 6-foot-1; 170-pound WR/DB that made 1st team All-NYC and 1st team All-Staten Island in 2003. This past season, he caught 12 passes for 287 yards and five touchdowns as a WR. He also returned four punts for 172 yards, including two that went for touchdowns. As a defensive back, he had 37 tackles, 3 sacks and an interception in 2003.

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