October 19, 2009
DC prospect likes SU
Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu started out last month with a top six list for his schools and now the list is at five. One school to stay on that list both times was Syracuse.
Attaochu, 6-foot-3, 223 pounds likes what the Orange have to offer, but it has not always been that way. When he was offered last spring the Syracuse offer did not stick out, however after some in depth research they are making a push.
"When I first got the offer I did not think much about it and I didn't look into them much. Then I started learning more about Syracuse then my interest started to grow. I see it as a good opportunity. I want to look at it a little bit closer. I am going to look into Syracuse a little more."
Coach Jamie Elizondo is recruiting the three star defender. Attaochu admits they have a solid relationship, but he owes the Syracuse coach a few phone calls.
"Coach Elizondo is recruiting me. I have missed a bunch of his calls and I have to call him back. We are trying to get me up on a visit to Syracuse."
The offer for Attaochu came pretty early in the process, so what was it about his game that the Orange coaches liked?
"I am a pass rusher, I can rush the passer, I have speed off of the ball, I have speed on the edge, and I can chase the ball sideline to sideline. They like me primarily because I can rush the passer."
What the Orange coaches like about him is also what Attaochu likes about his game and what sets him apart from others.
"I can seriously do some damage rushing the passer, stopping the run, chasing the ball down. I am confident in my abilities. I have the speed that will set me apart from other defensive ends."
A decision from the defender is not going to happen soon as he has his eye on a couple months at the end of the recruiting season.
"I would like to make my decision late December or early January."
This season Attaochu's Archbishop Carroll team is struggling at 2-4, but he is having a solid season. Midway through the season Attaochu was a first team mid-year All-Metro selection.
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