June 16, 2010

Smallwood talks about commitment

Louie Addazio was the first Orange commitment and now Tyree Smallwood is joining Addazio as a prospect who is seeing Orange in their future.

"I just felt that the coaches at Syracuse were nice and it was a good place. I felt like they were the school giving me the most attention."

Smallwood, 6-foot-0, 170 may have liked the attention from the Orange coaches, but that was not what put them over the top. What had them over the top was the fact they were in New York.

"I would say the distance from home really put Syracuse over the top for me."

As it stands Rivals.com lists Smallwood as an athlete and that is how the Orange are looking at him as well. Offense or defense it doesn't matter to the prospect where he plays as long as he can make an impact.

"They are looking at me for cornerback or running back. As long as I play I will play offense or defense it doesn't matter."

Besides the Orange there was a few other programs look at the Empire State product.

"The other schools looking at me were Cincinnati, Rutgers, Penn State, Maryland, Temple, Buffalo, Central Michigan, and Michigan."

Out of those schools he had offers from Cincinnati, Rutgers, Maryland, and Buffalo. What was it about Syracuse that made him commit over those schools and not wait longer in the process for more offers?

"They were the first to offer me, they stayed in touch the most, and I just felt that I was getting comfortable with them, their running backs coach and their defensive back coaches. I have been up there twice and I feel at home there. The visits were nice and they were always real with me and they didn't beat around the bush and they told me exactly how it is going to be."
The idea to commit is not something that Smallwood had been thinking about, but once he had a chance to work out with the Orange coaches at a football camp that was the moment he knew.

"When I went to their camp I figured the coaches were good and they were going to teach you a lot of stuff. That is when I decided to commit."

As it stands Smallwood still has plenty of time to prepare for Syracuse and that is a good thing because there are some items he wants to improve on.

"My weakness is my strength, I have to get in the weight room more and get stronger. My strength is my speed. I am just always looking to get faster and stronger."

Even though he has over a year before he steps on the Syracuse campus as a member of the Orange football team he wants to let the fans know that they are getting a nice player for the next few years.

"They are going to get a leader a player that likes to win and is a winner. I will do whatever I can to help the team and I am very coachable," Smallwood said. "I will bring leadership and determination. I am just going to help the team win."

During his junior season Smallwood had over 1,770 yard of total offense with 25 touchdowns.

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