December 20, 2010

Broyld reflects on SU verbal

The Orange have made a point to recruit well in their home state and that is exactly what they are doing with eleven verbal commitments from prospects that play in the Empire State. One of the latest prospects to verbal to the Orange was Ashton Broyld.

"I took a visit up there on Saturday and it just felt like it is the place for me," Broyld said. "I like all of the coaches up there. The coaches seem real genuine and very energetic, that is what I need to be around."

There were also some other factors that played a part in the commitment.

"I just look at Coach Marrone as a big father figure and I need a guy that is going to be straight up with me and not feed me any bull. I feel like Syracuse is on the rise to bigger and better things and I want to be apart of it."

Broyld, 6-foot-3, 228 pounds did not wait long after the Orange came in with the offer before he verbally committed. The thought of making a commitment was immediately on his mind.

"Syracuse came in with the offer about a week ago. I was thinking about giving a commitment as soon as they offered. I told my mom, dad, and coaches that I was going to verbal. When I got down there I was like yup this is the place."

One of the big questions surrounding the versatile prospect is what position he will play at the next level. At Syracuse he has options, but one sticks out over the others.

"They are going to give me a chance to play quarterback and if that does not work then I will play a different position," Broyld stated. "I can play safety, linebacker, or even running back. In the State Championship game I played safety."

Broyld's talent has never been the question when it came to college football; in this case it was off field issues. The new Orange commitment had a problem with his grades, but he has worked hard to improve them.

"They came in late because of my grades. "Apparently they are looking a lot better. At first I did not really have a shot, but I turned things around and now I have a legitimate chance."

With such an up hill battle Broyld admitted that he can't take things for granted.

"This process taught me that you can't take anything for granted. You have to put in your best effort every chance you get. You can't let things slip away because you will regret it."

Once he does make it to Syracuse he will bring a lot of intangibles to the team

"I bring discipline, the will to win, leadership, and loyalty. I am going to work hard."

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