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Syracuse lures DB from Marshall

12/13/2012

Pima Community College (Tucson, Ariz.) safety Darius Kelly has decommitted from Marshall in favor of Syracuse, the Post-Standard reports.

Kelly officially visited the Thundering Herd on Nov. 16 and announced for them earlier this month. Other programs including Arizona, Utah and Utah State also showed interest.

While visiting Syracuse, he was drawn to the Orange's team chemistry and his host, cornerback Brandon Reddish, "He's a real cool guy," Kelly said. "He's just a symbol of what the team is. I've never been around a team that close since my freshman year in high school."

Kelly, a Fayetteville, N.C. native, earned first team all league recognition this fall after registering 74 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He also returned kicks and punts.

Syracuse has 12 verbals, including three from the junior college ranks.