After giving a verbal commitment to Michigan State on September 1, 2003, Eric Devendorf recently decided to re-open his recruitment. At the time, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound shooting guard from Central High School in Bay City, Mich., felt that he rushed his decision. After taking several unofficial visits, the No. 17 ranked player in the class of 2005 has given a commitment to Syracuse.
“It really came down to Florida and Syracuse,” Devendorf said. “I just felt that Syracuse was a better fit for me. Syracuse has a great basketball program, but I also feel that the school fits my off the court personality. Deciding between Syracuse and Florida was extremely difficult, but I was ready to make a decision.
“I took an unofficial visit to Syracuse during the weekend of June 12,” he added. “I had a great time and enjoyed everything about the school. Once I returned from the USA Developmental Festival, I was ready to announce my decision.”
Now that Devendorf has made a final decision about his future, the No. 6 ranked shooting guard is looking to enjoy the rest of the summer and, more importantly, is looking forward to his future at Syracuse.
“I leave for Las Vegas next week,” he said. “I will have to look at my schedule, but I think I finish up in Los Angeles. Once the summer events are over, I will start preparing for my senior year and my time at Syracuse. The coaching staff feels that I can come in right away and contribute, so that is a goal I hope to achieve.”