The Orangemen picked up another commitment. This one from a playmaker in Steven Rene from Brooklyn, New York. Rene, 5-8 and 173 pounds, is a playmaker from Canarsie High School.
"I have committed to Syracuse," Rene said. "Actually, I committed yesterday when I was visiting there. Everything was nice. To be honest, that is an inspirational place. I saw the trophies and this is where Ernie Davis and Jim Brown played. Same with Donovan McNabb. The tradition swept me off my feet.
"I only met a few of the coaches but I really liked coach (Doug) Marrone and coach (Greg) Adkins. They were very nice and very respectful. At the same time they were serious about how they want me and how they will use me."
Rene claims that some teams thought he couldn't play major ball because he was from the city. He wants to dispel that rumor.
"People think that because I'm from Brooklyn that I can't play ball. Marrone knows that not true. He's been there to and we are on the same page with that."
Last season as a junior Rene had 1,000 rushing yards and three receiving touchdowns. Defensively, he had 34 tackles and three interceptions (one returned for a score).
"They said I will return kicks and punts. I will have the choice of playing running back or corner. I like the ball in my hands but I also like defense because I like to hit."
Rene committed to Syracuse over Rutgers, Boston College, Temple and Hofstra.