Southfield (Mich.) High tight end Ronald Thompson gave his pledge to Syracuse on Monday night, choosing the Orange over scholarship offers from the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan and Vanderbilt.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Thompson said that Syracuse had led for much of the process.
"The history and some of the guys that have come out of Syracuse like Donovan McNabb and Dwight Freeney," Thompson said. "They're young and their offensive coordinator (Greg Adkins) is really what got me. They're energetic and I'm really excited to play for them."
Thompson built a great relationship with Orange assistant Tyrone Wheatley and the rest of the staff during the process.
"How they care about their players, and how you can trust what they're saying, and they're not telling you something just because you want to hear it."
So far this fall in helping Southfield advance to the second round of the state playoffs, Thompson has caught 51 passes for 506 yards and seven touchdowns.