Syracuse has been one of the schools that has always shown interest in Chauncey Scissum, but the scholarship offer hadn't come down until last week. With it in hand, and the ope for more, the three-star Henrietta (N.Y.) Rush-Henrietta opened his recruitment back up.
"I de-committed from ODU," he said of his pledge to Old Dominion since the summer. "Me and coach just talked about it an he's completely fine with it. He knows I don't want other BCS schools to see it and shy away from it.
"They are still there for me."
With the Monarchs as a fall-back and Syracuse as his de facto leader, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound two-way standout is looking to add to his list.
"It's just 'Cuse right now, but I'm talking about for the future in these last few weeks," he said of his goal before February 6 rolls around.
Scissum knows other schools may be turned off by recruiting a committed prospect.
"Maybe Virginia Tech will pop back up, it's a possibility," he said. "An seeing that 'Cuse is my only ACC offer, you could say they're my leader."
Scott Shafer, who was promoted to head coach of the Orange soon after Doug Marrone left the program to take the same role with the Buffalo Bills, is serving as his recruiter for the in-state school. The other coach involved, Tyrone Wheatley, joined Marrone in Buffalo in a move that was announced Tuesday.
Scissum is ranked the No. 95 cornerback prospect in the class of 2013.