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Syracuse needed to land a big-time prospect going into signing day and they got one on Tuesday night when Deon Goggins decided he was going to bring some west coast flavor to the east coast and suit up for the Orange in 2010. We talked to him right after he got off the phone with the staff.

Deon Goggins, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive end added another great prospect to a very solid Syracuse recruiting class on Tuesday night and talked about his commitment with us after he got off the phone with the coaching staff.

"I was actually just committing on the other line when you called me, so this just happened," Goggins said. "I feel really good about Syracuse and it had nothing to do with other schools. I just felt like in my heart that this was the best place for me. Of all of the schools recruiting me I felt that Syracuse gave me the best opportunity after football as well, so that was huge too."

"I also loved that the coaches at Syracuse were laid-back and didn't pressure me like everyone else was and when we talked, it wasn't about football, it was about life," Goggins explained. "Whenever they called it was just about how my life was, what I did that day, how my workouts were going. It was like a conversation I'd have with an uncle or grandfather, so I loved that. Also on the trip, there is that amazing history and great facilities, so I felt at home. To go to the east coast and feel like I'm at home really showed me that this was the right place."

"My expectations are to come in there and help them immediately to be a better team. I'm not coming in saying I have to be the guy, but I want to be part of a legacy and team to turn a proud Syracuse program around. I'm not a ball-hog, I'm a team guy and I loved the guys I met. They were just like me, they were hungry like dogs and that's what I want. Syracuse is a great school, but it's not where it used to be football wise when I was growing up and guys like Marvin Harrison, Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney were there and I want to be part of the team under Head Coach Doug Marrone that brings Syracuse back to where we're supposed to be."

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