Although it's very early in the recruiting process for the class of 2003, many recruits would rather make a commitment before their senior season begins. This is the case for one of the top quarterbacks in the east, Joe Dailey from Jersey City (N.J.) Saint Peter's Prep. The extremely gifted athlete had narrowed his choices down between two schools, Syracuse and Rutgers. In the end it was the Syracuse style of offense that was the deciding factor in Joe's decision.
"This was one of the toughest decisions I ever had to make. I just felt that I had a better opportunity at Syracuse. They run an offense that I feel fits my ability and style of play better than any other."
Joe is very impressed with Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano and recruiting coordinator Mark D'Onofrio and had nothing but praise for the Rutgers program.
"I wish them the best; it was very tough to tell them of my decision. They are going to turn things around at Rutgers, I'm sure of it, but Syracuse is the place for me."
This gifted player has the attributes one looks for in a quarterback. He is cocky but not arrogant, he takes chances but plays smart, he motivates his teammates but never gets too excited. He also leads by example.
Joe's strong arm and quick feet make him very dangerous and some have even compared him to the likes of ex-Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick and former Syracuse great Donovan McNabb. Syracuse plans on redshirting him in his freshman year and that's just fine with Joe.
"I think a redshirt year will be great, that's what I want as well,” he said. “I'm off the market. Syracuse runs an offense that I think fits my style very well and they’ve always been a top program and favorite of mine."