January 31, 2012

Hilliard talks more about SU

Bedford (Oh.) defensive end Myles Hilliard announced yesterday that he was changing his commitment from Pittsburgh to Syracuse. The commitment was made public before he would have liked.

"It was not that I did not want to get contacted right away. I was just not trying to leave [Pittsburgh] right off of the bat and I wanted to wait."

Last night though when he called Orange Head Coach Doug Marrone to tell him he was ready to go public with his change in commitment he knew he made the right choice.

"I just think it is a great school and it is the right fit and right school for me. It is a great atmosphere and everything it just felt great."

Doug Marrone was just as excited.

"He was very excited. He was excited to tell everybody because people did not know yet. I gave a silent verbal to Coach Marrone and Coach Daoust, so there were only a couple people who knew. They are very excited and so am I."

Hilliard, 6-foot-6, 260 pounds took his visit to Syracuse a couple weeks ago and the Orange lived up to expectations.

"I made my visit a couple weeks ago. My favorite part was seeing the Carrier Dome. The basketball court was down in the middle of the stadium and it was nice to see," Hilliard said. "Syracuse has very good academics and great athletics. I expected the best and that is what I saw."

Since he did not see anything unexpected on his visit it was prior relationships that swayed him to Syracuse in the end.

"The most important reason I picked Syracuse was the relationship that I have with all of the coaches' not just Coach Daoust. I think that is what really sold me."

With the commitment already in the past now Hilliard revisited the steps that Syracuse took in recruiting him.

"Coach Daoust did not really start recruiting me hard until after Pittsburgh's coach quit. Coach Daoust called me that day and then came up to the school the next day and ever since then he would come up periodically to check in on me. We can have a lot of fun together and he is also serious. I am excited to be coached by him for the next four or five years."

One other note besides the relationship with the Syracuse staff and the great visit the lack of depth was also a reason for the three star defensive end to pick the Orange.

"That did play into my decision and the opportunity to play early. When Syracuse came in I liked them and I did not know about their depth issues. I felt like it was a great opportunity."

With this commitment the Orange have now landed four defensive line prospects in the month of January.

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