The Syracuse coaching staff is working hard to rebuild their football program and they have made a step in the right direction with their most recent commitment.
Donnie Simmons, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac, committed to the Orange on Monday after checking out the Big East school.
"Yes, it's true," Simmons confirmed on Tuesday around noon. "That happened yesterday. I took a tour on campus and they showed me the athletic facilities and everything. I got to meet most of the coaches -- the head coach, the assistant coaches and everybody I needed to meet.
"I was impressed. They offered me about a month ago and at the end of the tour I accepted their offer around 4 o'clock."
It was a combination of factors that led Simmons to believe Syracuse is the right place for him.
"The facilities were the main thing," he said. "The Carrier Dome is unbelievable. It has so much history. I saw the communications building and that's what I plan on majoring in. I got to meet a man named Dr. Wright and he was very welcoming, very hospitable. Education always comes first and that intrigued me."
Simmons had picked up an offer from Akron earlier in the recruiting process and other schools had been pursuing him. That said, Simmons said he is a solid verbal and will be suiting up for Syracuse a year from now.
The Orange have recruited Simmons as a defensive end, though he is listed as a linebacker.