SU going hard after another Aquinas star

The Orangemen have already reaped the fruits of their efforts at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale with 3 players heading north. Now they are trying to make it at least four as they go after WR Dwayne Difton.

Syracuse has honed in on St. Thomas Aquinas High in Florida recently, picking up commits from Dorian Graham and Jeremiah Harden last season and Kevyn Scott the prior season, while also heavily recruiting several others at the Fort Lauderdale school. Now the Orange are on yet another player from the school, wide receiver Dwayne Difton.

Difton, a junior who was once committed to South Florida but has since re-opened his recruitment, is strongly considering SU, he told Friday. Syracuse assistant coach Jim Salgado was at his school this week and left no room for misinterpretation when it comes to the Orange's interest in the 6-foot, 180-pound receiver.

"He was talking about how they really want me bad and how'd I be a great fit for the program," said Difton, who runs a 4.48-second 40-yard dash. "Syracuse wants me more than any school except South Florida….South Florida is still my top school."

Difton is also receiving interest from Virginia, Boston College, Michigan, Minnesota and Auburn. He's quite interested in Michigan and feels the Wolverines may be close to offering.

In terms of what he's looking for in a school, Difton isn't too picky.

"Just a great environment and good people. If it's a program like St. Thomas, then that's where I want to be," he said.

So it can't hurt that SU has three of his former teammates and is continuing to mine the school as if it were located in Syracuse's backyard.

"That helps, to have teammates there you already know because you already know [what it's like]," he said.

As for his skills, Difton said of his best assets: "Explosiveness, speed, competitiveness and great hands."

Difton finished his regular junior season with 17 catches for 264 yards and two touchdowns in helping lead his team to the Class 5A state championship game.

Difton plans to take the SAT June 7 and then begin planning his summer recruiting visits. He said Syracuse is very likely to be one of them.

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