Lamar McPherson, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound player who runs a 4.50 in the 40, was one of the top running backs in Pennsylvania before a fibula injury sidelined him during his junior season. Penn State, Michigan State and Maryland, frontrunners from McPherson at the time, cooled on him.
"As soon as I got hurt, they said 'Come to camp and we'll see,'" McPherson said. "They weren't loyal to me. My main thing is loyalty."
When McPherson was hurt, Syracuse assistant coach Chris White kept in contact with McPherson on a regular basis.
"(Coach White) gets right to the point," McPherson said. "He doesn't lie to you. He told me, 'Look Lamar, after this year, Reyes is leaving, then they have Rhodes. After him, they need another guy. You can come in and compete.' If you don't play well, you won't, you know? Other schools, they'll have an All-American, and they're like, 'you'll come in and take his spot.' I want the truth."
The truth, as well as Syracuse's loyalty, were huge reasons for McPherson's commit.
"After that, how could I go to another school?" he said.
Other reasons for McPherson committing to the Orange are proximity to home, as well as Syracuse's top-flight communications school.
"I want to be on TV," McPherson said, "like what Stuart Scott does."
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