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Syracuse Football Recruiting: Chris Slayton Announces Commitment

On Christmas Eve, the Syracuse football program earned a verbal commitment from a three-star defensive lineman.

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While most of the Syracuse Orange football world was celebrating Christmas Eve and preparing for the Texas Bowl with family and friends, Orange nation got a nice pre-Christmas gift as it landed a commitment from a three-star defensive end prospect, Chris Slayton, on Tuesday. The news was broke by Scout.com's Mike McAllister.

Slayton, who is listed at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, chose Syracuse over Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Mississippi, Nebraska and Wisconsin, says Scout.com. The Illinois native is listed as a three-star recruit by also Rivals and 247Sports and is the 16th verbal commit for SU's Class of 2014, the fourth from the Chicago area.

"I decided to go there because I felt it was the right fit," Slayton told CuseNation.com. "My parents agreed also. They have a good recruiting class from Chicago coming in. Not to mentionI have a good connection with their coaching staff."

The addition of Slayton is much needed for the '14 Class, as he becomes the first defensive linemen in that class to commit.

Chris Slayton DE 6'5" 245 lb. Official Junior Highlights | Crete-Monee Class 2014 (via Wyideopensports JB)