Syracuse picked up their second verbal commitment for new head coach Doug Marrone. This time the Orangemen turned offensive line prospect Zack Chibane. Chibane, 6-4 and 285 pounds, had previously been committed to South Florida.
"I am committed to Syracuse now," Chibane said. "I always liked them. Always. It's close to home, they have great academics and I really like the new coaching staff. They guys are great. I haven't met with Coach (Doug) Marrone yet but coach (Derrick) Jackson was recruiting me for the old staff and I did meet with coach (Greg) Adkins two days ago. He seemed like a great guy, great coach and I know he did some great things at Tennessee. I really like him a lot."
Chibane wishes the circumstances were different and that he would have originally picked Syracuse. But things changed and he decided this was the best fit for him. At the same time he didn't want to do that to USF.
"I will just say this, telling those coaches (USF) wasn't the ideal situation. I mean if both schools were an option for me from the beginning things would have been different. But I guess USF was cool about it because they understood."
Chibane played tackle for Paramus (N.J.) High School, where he was one of five seniors this season. He thinks he could play anywhere along the Syracuse offensive front. Chibane just wants to make a meaningful contribution.
"I just want to go to Syracuse and do my part and help out the team in any way I can."