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Eric Coley: Syracuse Football To Undergo A ‘Culture Change’

He trusts Dino Babers to get the job done.

Last week Syracuse defensive back commit Eric Coley joined Fizz Radio. He spoke about his preferred position, the Tampa-2 defense and his move from Michigan to Central New York. Below are some of the highlights from the discussion.

On playing offense vs. defense in college:

“I want to be on the defensive side of the ball, whether it’s at cornerback or safety, that’s where I feel most comfortable at. That’s where I want to play at the college level.”

On the Tampa-2 defense:

“The Tampa-2 defense excites me a lot, especially at the safety position because you get a lot of interceptions in that defense. It’s one of my favorite defenses you can run right now.”

On why he chose SU:

“I picked Syracuse mostly because Dino Babers is a great coach and he’s going to make changes. It’s going to be a culture change around Syracuse and I really want to be a part of it.”

On Dino Babers:

“Looking back at what he’s done previously, just researching back on the schools he’s been to before this and how he’s turned them around with the way he runs his offenses, I’ve got a good feeling that everything is going to go in Syracuse’s favor.”

On his father’s (SU defensive line coach Vinson Reynolds) role in his recruitment:

“He let me enjoy the process. He was hands off. He didn’t influence me in any kind of way. We never really even talked about it until the beginning of the summer. He wasn’t a big factor in it. He was like this is your decision not mine. It’s where you’re going for the next four years, it’s not where I’m playing football. I’ve played football. I’ve done it. It was all my decision at the end of the day.”

On moving from Michigan to Central New York:

“It’s actually not been that bad because before I moved here I moved to Michigan my freshman year of high school from Oklahoma. Moving this time around wasn’t that big of a deal. It was kind of like we’ll pack up and be gone. I really didn’t have any control or say over it, but it’s not as bad as it was the first time.”

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Posted: Connor Morrissette

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