July 12, 2011

SU has a great philosophy

Cherry Hill (N.J.) Camden Catholic defensive tackle Marcus Coleman is one of the more underrated players at his position and it is because he does not have ideal size. The Syracuse Orange took note of his skill and overlooked his size. The mutual interest from both parties led to Coleman's recent commitment.

For the 6-foot-2, 278 pound tackle there were really only a couple of factors that led to his decision.

"Why Syracuse, First of all their academics is one of the best in the nation with the number one communications school. The coaches' philosophy on everything was another key for me to pick them. The academics and coaching were the two factors that were most important."

When he was ready to make his decision he was not the only one who was happy.

"The whole coaching staff was excited and they were all saying you're an Orangeman now and things like that. It was complete jubilation."

Before his commitment happened though he was taking his first trip to check Syracuse out and the Orange met all expectations.

"When I went on my visit I was expecting them to show me good academics because everybody knows a Syracuse degree is prestigious. I was expecting the coaches to be good, but I just felt that they were special."

That "special" feeling was felt mostly when Coleman and the rest of his family sat down with Doug Marrone.

"When we met with Coach Marrone it was my family and him. He was telling us a story about one of his players was giving back to the community and he was completely sincere and he almost teard up when he was talking. That really showed that he cares about his players and his philosophy to have well rounded student-athletes."

In his last article the Garden State product talked about he was overlooked and that other schools should have taken a chance. He talked a little bit more about why he feels that way.

"What I bring to the table is a player with great technique. With my lack of size I am a technician, but then you add that with my aggression which I think is the top in the nation because I don't quit on any play,"

Now that he is a member for the 2012 Syracuse recruiting class he plans to hit the road in New Jersey and helps his new team recruit.

"Yes I will. There are a lot of kids in South Jersey that have interest in Syracuse and I would love to help bring them to Syracuse."

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