Kugler Believes in Marrone

Unfortunately for Syracuse, three-star defensive end recruit Robert Kugler will be moving to Western Pennsylvania for his senior season, so his offer sheet may grow even more, but on the flip side, after talking to him on Wednesday night it sounds like the Orange staff have already made a permanent impression on him that will be hard for schools to beat.

Robert Kugler, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end from Orchard Park High School is now holding eight scholarship offers and before he and his family pack up their bags and move to Pittsburgh, they all made a stop by Syracuse for junior day which went extremely well according to Kugler.

"I went up for junior day at Syracuse and got there about an hour early so I could talk to Head Coach Doug Marrone one-on-one for a little while," Kugler stated. "He said he didn't want to pressure me at all and wanted me to find the right school for myself, but that he definitely did want me there. He talked about his vision for the future for Syracuse football and how he was making the commitment to it and I believe in that commitment because I see it in his eyes and I see it in everyone else. Everything they did that day made me feel like they are going to get that program turned around."

"I ended up talking to Coach Hackett after that, who actually coached with my Dad and then talked to Coach Casullo and some of the other recruits as well," Kugler added. "They did a presentation on recruiting and then we went to the basketball game against Villanova that was really good because there were 36,000 people there. It was pretty awesome there because I talked to Coach Marrone again at the game and I love the Carrier Dome. They crushed Villanova which was cool and the atmosphere was great, so it was a good time."

"Every time I go to Syracuse I love the campus there and this time I just got to see a bit more of inside the complex which was really nice. Like I said, I just got the feeling coming away from this visit that they're definitely moving in the right direction."

Kugler finished his junior season with 81 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles playing 3-4 defensive end.

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