Southfield (Mich.) tight end Ron Thompson was hours away from making his commitment back in August, but decided to hold off and let his senior season play out before rendering his final decision.
On Monday, the 6-4, 210-pound Thompson decided the time was right, and made the call for Syracuse.
"It just really kind of hit me this morning," Thompson said. "My family has been wanting me to pull the trigger for a minute on Syracuse because everybody has been liking Syracuse a lot."
Thompson spoke with Syracuse assistant Tyrone Wheatley and head coach Doug Marrone on Monday, informing them of his decision. Their connection with the three-star tight end was a deciding factor.
"It was just the family [atmosphere], and that made me feel comfortable," Thompson said. "Everybody talks good, but they were one of the few who meant what they were saying. They proved to me what they were saying about the schemes."
Thompson has the size to play tight, but he is known for his abilities catching the football. Syracuse plans to utilize Thompson in both roles.
"They plan to put me in tight, split me out wide in the slot and try to use me in various ways," Thompson said.
Thompson chose Syracuse over offers from the likes of Indiana and Illinois. He has scheduled his official visit to Syracuse for the weekend of Dec. 9.
The decision comes right when Thompson is in the middle of leading his Southfield High team into the playoffs. They have a state quarterfinal game this weekend, and Thompson is looking to add to a senior season in which he has already recorded 51 receptions for 507 yards and seven touchdowns.