After taking back to back official visits to his finalists, Virginia Tech and Syracuse, Richmond (Va.) Varina defensive end Bud Tribbey announce his decision during a press conference at school. The 6-foot-0, 280-pounder decided to head North to Syracuse over offers from Virginia Tech and others.
"I contacted coach Cross, White and Robinson earlier this afternoon to give them my commitment," he stated. "They were screaming in the phone when I told them, yelling stuff like we've got Bud. It was really exciting for me to see how happy they were."
What made the three-star prospect select the Orangemen?
"I just felt like I fit in up there," he said. "I got back from the visit last week and the first one late this summer and I just felt more comfortable. I could tell I fit in there along their defensive line and I really liked the brotherhood and family thing there."
Tribbey credits the coaches as a big factor of why he's headed to New York.
"Coach Cross was really great through the process," he said. "You know he's a really motivational coach and reminds me a lot of my defensive line coach here at Varina. That was big for me."
Education was another important factor for the No. 46 defensive tackle in the country.
"I'm looking to study communications or engineering," he said. "I really like the programs they offer there. They are outstanding."
Back in early September, Tribbey confirmed he was very close to committing to Syracuse.
"I was close, but I wanted to take my time and not decide too early," he said. "I feel I did that now and weighed the pros and cons of both schools and found the right one for me."
The defensive tackle believes he'll find playing time immediately on the Orangemen defensive line.
"The coaches think if I come in and work hard I'll be in the rotation," he said. "I plan to come there and do what I can to get on the field."
Varina head coach Blanda Wolfe discussed what the Orangemen are getting in Tribbey.
"Syracuse is getting a big player that runs to the football and creates double teams," he stated. "There are a lot of good players on the line this year with Jamar Jackson and Marell Evans, but Bud was better because he made our defense go. He's a very strong individual."
Tribbey is excited to join the Orangemen.
"I'm hoping to come and make a big impact on the line with my leadership skills."