New York State’s top available football prospect has decided his future was as a Nittany Lion.
Dominique Easley, a Curtis (Staten Island) High senior, has verbally committed to Penn State.
Easley made up his mind after watching PSU lay the smack down on Temple (and one would imagine SU’s mail is on that table somewhere).
If the recruit needs swaying, why not invite Temple into State College and whoop up on them?
So now that Doug Marrone has likely unemotionally heard the news and gotten to the office at 4:30a (as he did after Saturday’s win),¬†The Fizz is wondering, who’s next?
In the Empire State, the next best available prospect (after the previously covered Jawan Simmons of Nottingham High) is¬†David Fluellen Jr. of Fairport.
Fluellen is a 6’1″ 195 lb. running back in the class of ’10 who from¬†wants to run through you, rather than around you:
“Fluellen has the speed and playing strength for the running back position at the major level of competition. However this is more of big power back with one speed, lacking a burst or second gear. Displays good downhill quickness and vision; appears to be a medium strider with an upright running style.”
He’s got Rutgers, Buffalo and SU on his short list right now. His only offer is at UB, so the ‘Cuse may be waiting on his senior numbers to give a late scholarship.
As we know, getting in-state recruits is crucial.
Easley got to meet with a fellow Staten Islander on his trip to Happy Valley, which helped make his decision. So if Marrone can get more New Yorkers at Syracuse, in the future, he will probably get more New Yorkers at Syracuse.
Just like Marrone said on Monday, getting the first win makes it easier for all the others to follow – especially when the next team you play is Maine.