Defensive tackle Anthony Giudice first became interested in Syracuse after attending an¬†invite-only camp¬†for recruits after his sophomore year of high school. He then visited SU, which was enough to earn his commitment. He might be under-the-radar for some scouting services, but he makes up for that with his well-recognized motor. Giudice is one of 19 commits in Syracuse‚Äôs 2015 class. He went one-on-one with The Fizz to discuss his favorite coaches, a transfer of high schools and getting motivation from being unrated.
Listen to the full interview here.
On the coaches that lead to his commitment:
‚ÄúCoach Bullough and Coach Daoust are great guys. Coach Bullough was the one who recruited me so we have a very good relationship. He‚Äôs a great guy, real intense. I‚Äôm fired up to be part of this program.‚Äù
On how the coaches sold the program to him:
‚ÄúLast year I went to a camp and I worked with Coach Daoust. Like Coach Bullough he‚Äôs a real intense guy. After they offered me I knew I liked them and I wanted to visit the school to see the academics because that‚Äôs really important to me. After the visit, I went to the business school. Great people and great school.‚Äù
On talking with other commits:
‚ÄúWe all talk on Facebook. There is a group message that we have, but nothing really specifically.‚Äù
On transferring from Monroe Township (NJ) to Avon Old Farms (CT):
‚ÄúIt was a much better opportunity. There are great coaches [at Avon]. It‚Äôs just a great place.‚Äù
On his goals for the upcoming season:¬†
“To go out there and ball out, do my thing. Work hard, my motor is my biggest thing, motor every play.”
On the motivation from scouting services not rating him:¬†
“I know the way I play. I might not be the biggest guy, on the field, but that was definitely motivation for me.”
On possibly redshirting his freshman season:
‚ÄúI would like to redshirt my freshman year because I would like to get my MBA. I would love to play obviously as soon as I get in, but I know I would have to work to get big. I want to come in freshman year around 275 [pounds]. We‚Äôll see where it takes me.‚Äù
Scott Shafer wants an aggressive defense, so a player with Giudice’s tenacity is a great fit. Keep an eye on him this upcoming season, as the high school standout will try to build off his stellar junior season. You have to love any player who uses that chip on his shoulder to push his play, and doesn’t let it affect his confidence in a negative way. If his motor is any indication, Giudice won’t let up a bit.
Posted: Connor Morrissette