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In the one recruitment in which Syracuse always seemed to have a leg up since the recruit’s dad is on the staff, 3-star athlete Eric Coley made his verbal commitment to the Orange this morning. Coley is a 6-foot, 175 pound player whose father is defensive line coach Vince Reynolds.

Coley, who will suit up for Fayetteville-Manlius this fall, is rated by Scout as the number one athlete prospect in the state of New York. The former Michigan high school standout, who also had offers from Rutgers, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Toledo, Buffalo, and a few others, reports a time of 4.52 in the 40 and recently performed well at Syracuse’s on-campus camp last weekend.

Coley spent last season playing at Portage Northern in Michigan, making a name for himself on the defensive side of the ball as a defensive back. Coley was named to the 2015 MLive Kalamazoo Dream Team as a junior, playing quarterback for Portage Northern in addition to starring in the secondary. Coley is noted for his exceptional quickness, and is also a high school track star.

With the addition of Coley, Syracuse is now up to eight commits in the class of 2017, and the fifth in the past week as the momentum train continues to chug right along.

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