December 6, 2009

Did Hay make weekend commitment?

Syracuse had a few visitors over the weekend and one of them was JUCO prospect Michael Hay. Last week the offensive lineman told he was not going to make a weekend commitment to the Orange. As the weekend comes to a close is Hay still planning on waiting?

"I gave Syracuse the verbal this weekend."

Hay, 6-foot-6, 280 pounds said the only way he would commit on his visit is if he felt one-hundred percent comfortable. Was that what happened over the weekend?

"Exactly, I was one hundred percent comfortable. Arizona State, Rutgers, Miami, and all of the other schools that were recruiting me were not as family based as Syracuse. At Syracuse I felt like the family I had at Nassau was there and how they made me who I am today."

There may have not been a football game for Hay to see, but he still had a great visit to the Orange.

"It was pretty much everything I expected. The people were great and the team they are building is great," Hay stated. "My favorite part was probably my one-on-one with Coach Marrone and my parents. We really got down to what was going on and what we were both thinking."

That meeting with Doug Marrone sealed the deal for the Orange to receive the commitment from Hay.

"I had a meeting with Coach Marrone and my parents and right when I walked out of there I went to the hotel room and called the coach from Arizona State. As soon as I walked out of that room with my parents I pretty much knew that was the place for me."

The meeting with Coach Marrone may have sealed the deal, but it was the whole coaching staff that became the most important factor for Hay picking the Orange.

"The coaching staff by far [was the most important factor]," Hay said. "It was the comfort level. It feels good to know where I am going, we are on the same page and they are going to take care of you. They know what you are going through at home, they know everything."

Now that he has committed to Orange he is focused on two goals for his future at Syracuse.

"I just want to get better every day and just keep working," Hay added. "I just want to go in there start early and bring back a Big East Championship."

When Hay steps on the campus of Syracuse he has two years to play two seasons and he wants people to know that he is a solid offensive lineman. He is also very high on his future team and the style of play fans will see.

"If you ask anybody I played with they will tell you I am not the average lineman. Prepare for a lot of good games and great entertainment."

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