Update with SU Committ Derrell Person
It was considered an excellent pick-up when Syracuse nabbed a verbal commitment from Washington, D.C. wide receiver Derrell Person last month, and that only became more apparent in Week One of Person's senior season. Syracusefan.com caught up with Person and his coach for an update and a scouting report.
Person piled 173 yards and four touchdowns in Coolidge High's thrilling 36-34 win over perennial Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Gonzaga last weekend. His performance was no surprise to Coolidge coach Jason Lane, who gave us the lowdown on the nation's No. 61 wideout.
"His strength is his strength. He's your typical big, strong receiver at 6-2, 215 pounds. He's a big kid and he can also run – he ran a 4.41 at the combine in New Jersey that used to be the Elite Combine," Lane said.
Person last year had 17 catches for 462 yards and six touchdowns; not shabby considering it was his first year playing high school football. He's previously focused on basketball, where he's a standout shooting guard.
"I call him my own Antonio Gates. He's pretty good on the hardwood and I think that's an aspect about Syracuse that he liked. He likes the system Jim Boeheim runs and he's gonna try to be one of those guys like Donovan McNabb. I don't know how coach ‘B' and coach Robinson feel about that but he can do it if anyone can do it," Lane said.
"He caught a few deep passes last year but we mostly use him as our possession receiver because he gets a lot of yards after the catch. He's so big and strong he can break a lot of tackles."
Person happened to walk into Lane's office as we were speaking, so we caught up with him briefly and he told us watching Syracuse basketball as a kid was what first interested him in SU. We asked him what led to him committing to the Cuse over offers from Illinois – a very popular choice among D.C. standouts – as well as Maryland and others.
"It was just in my heart," said Person, who plans to take his official visit in Week Four of SU's season. I liked Illinois and they've got a lot of city guys there, but I wanted to make my own name somewhere."
We also asked if his commitment was 100 percent solid.
"110 percent," he said.
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