The recruiting process is a joy for some, and for others it's hard work that takes years to break through. It was the latter for Chauncey Scissum, who had to wait until the 11th hour to receive his initial BCS-level scholarship offer. It came from in-state Syracuse, the same school that turned him away a summer earlier under their previous regime.
Then last week, before enjoying privately with his family, the Henrietta (N.Y.) Rush-Henrietta defensive back finally had the chance to pull the trigger for the Orange.
"I did it last Wednesday, but I wanted to keep it quiet for a while so my family could enjoy it for a minute," he admitted. "I knew it would eventually get out…
"I called coach [Scott] Shafer, he was very excited. He was getting ready to get on a plane from Syracuse, but he was really excited and glad to have me for this upcoming team."
Scissum, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound three-star prospect, has played just about every skill position in high school in addition to lacrosse. But he'll likely land in the secondary at SU.
"We were talking about corner or safety, maybe a little slot (receiver) in certain situations," he said of his projections.
As to why the Orange was the school to win out for his eventual signature, it was the program's progression.
"It's the school for me because they're in the BCS," said Scissum. "They're going in the right direction. They finished off in the Pinstripe Bowl with a win over West Virginia. Moving to the ACC is a big step for them, there's good competition there.
"But it's where I want to be."
That future is just a short drive east on the Thruway for Scissum, who added that the local flair SU provides doesn't hurt the situation.
"That's always a plus, you get the extra love you wouldn't get if you go down to Florida," he said of staying home. "They like Syracuse already up here, and with me going there they'll like me even more."
Another connection between the defensive back and part-time quarterback is Ashton Broyld, Rush-Henrietta's previous star that also selected Syracuse and is currently in his second semester there.
"I let him know," said Scissum. "He was excited, he knew a while ago, but he's glad we're going to be on the same team again."
While the Doug Marrone-led Orange were somewhat of a thorn in Scissum's side because of their philosophy to bring in just one defensive back in the class, Scott Shafer stayed on the in-state standout.
It proved monumental in the end.
"The relationship with the coach staff, especially coach Shafer, over the past three years," he said of what really pushed SU over the top. "He's always been there, he's always known me. He reached out to my family, the visits, the emails, I was always a priority."
The versatile athlete detailed what Orange fans should expect of him beginning this fall.
"They're going to get everything I possibly got in me," he said. "I'm going to make the team better and get coached up by some great coaches and hopefully reach my potential."
Scissum does not anticipate taking any more visits before signing day.