Standout QB grew up in shadow of Carrier Dome
The answer, seemingly, is that it is a factor, but not the end-all, be-all.
"My favorite is probably Boston College right now. I just like the city, and they've been talking to me the most," says Rommel a 6-2, 205-pound signal caller who passed for 2,300 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a junior.
"[But] I've always thought of playing for the hometown crowd, so I'll definitely" consider Syracuse.
As of right now, Rommel doesn't hold any scholarship offers. But that's sure to change soon, as junior recruiting kicks into full gear. Pittsburgh is heavily interested and has visited his school recently, while BC, Syracuse, Rutgers and North Carolina State have been in frequent contact. Michigan and Nebraska have been asking around as well.
Rommel was at Syracuse recently for a basketball game and spoke with assistant coaches. He's followed the Orange his whole life, and, to no one's surprise, lists Donovan McNabb as his favorite player.
"He was fun, man," Rommel says. "But they've been having a couple quarterback problems since then. They haven't had a good quarterback since him."
Rommel, unlike McNabb, is a true dropback passer ("Stay back there, stay strong," he says) but runs a respectable 4.9-second 40-yard dash. He has started on varsity for two years and will have plenty of polish to his game by the time he reaches college.
He said he's not worried too much about location, though he would like to remain on the East Coast, and is looking for a program that best suits his abilities and personality. He'll also have no trouble qualifying academically, he said.
Rommel doesn't have any visits planned, but expects to take several this summer. With Su campus just a short drive up the road, he won't exactly need to plan visits there in advance, and it's safe to say the staff won't have trouble putting on the full-court press should they choose to do so.
We'll keep you posted…
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