Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer three-star defensive end Malik Brown pledged his services to Syracuse on Wednesday evening.
“Syracuse felt like home away from home when I went,” Brown said about making the decision. “I get home sick fast so I knew it was the right choice then.”
Brown officially visited the Orange early in December. He spoke with 247Sports.com about the visit at that time.
“It was great,” Brown said after the visit. “I felt at home. The coaches made me feel welcomed. So did the players. I had a very good time.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defender was impressed by a lot of things provided to student-athletes at Syracuse such as the facilities, but the most impressive part of the program to Brown was the people.
“I sat down and spoke with Coach (Doug) Marrone, Coach (Scott) Shafer, and Coach (Steve) Morrison,” Brown said. “One of the most important things that stood out to me is that they don’t care where I go, they just want me to be successful. They made it clear they want me there, but that meant a lot that they wished me well regardless of where I end up.”
The Orange is interested in using Brown in a hybrid role off the edge.
“They like me as both a defensive end and a linebacker,” Brown said. “That is the position I want to play. I love it.”
Brown was accompanied on the visit by a family member.
“I went with my dad,” Brown said. “He was impressed by the legacy of the program with Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, and things like that.”
Brown chose Syracuse over Cincinnati, Minnesota, Purdue, South Florida, and others.