The Syracuse football program had a very busy weekend hosting recruits in hopes of making their decisions to become an Orange easier. It seemed to have worked on a few prospects -- three-star linebacker Parris Bennett and running back Rodney Williams -- that made verbal commitments a few days after visiting SU's campus.
Bennett, a 6-foot-0, 210-pound Detroit native, made his commitment official on Monday saying to Scout.com's Mike McAllister SU made him feel at home.
Bennett picked Syracuse over Pittsburgh, Akron, Bowling Green, Toledo and Western Michigan, and pushes the Class of 2014 linebacker commitments to three and six overall. He is rated three stars by Scout and two by Rivals. 247 Sports does not have him rated.
According to report by Syracuse.com's Nate Mink, Bennett picked the Orange because of the good reviews of linebackers coach Clark Lea by Cameron Lynch and his texting ties with follow classmate Zaire Franklin.
"We're texting a lot recently," Bennett said. "We became pretty cool. He was a really big factor. It was real nice, just straight-up talk."
"(Lea) said I could play middle because I'm athletic and I can cover," Bennett said, "and also I can play (strong side linebacker) to rush the passer. I have pretty long arms."
Meanwhile, at camp Friday, Williams picked up an offer from Syracuse and accepted nearly on the spot. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Cherry Hill, NJ native could be a nice under the radar prospect, says McAllister.