La Salle's Zaire Franklin, a speedy and hard-hitting junior linebacker, orally committed Sunday afternoon to play football at Syracuse.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder chose the Orange over Temple, Pittsburgh, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, and Villanova, among others.
"What I liked is that I got a sense from the Syracuse coaches that they needed me instead of just wanting me," Franklin said. "They made it clear how important I was to them."
Franklin visited Syracuse from Thursday to Saturday morning.
"I woke up Sunday and knew this is what I wanted to do," he said. "Everything just felt right about it."