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Brice Hawkes is headed to Syracuse

Last spring, Brice Hawkes was just over 6-foot and weighed in at 180 pounds. While colleges were watching this University School athlete, many were not sure what position he would play.

Over the past seven months, Hawkes began to mature, and from a project that schools were hesitant to look at, he is now a 6-3, 205-pounder, who has played everything from defensive end and outside linebacker to receiver. On Wednesday, Hawkes the player that many were not taking a chance with, became a prospect when he committed to attend Syracuse University and its growing program.

"I have been telling people the past two years to watch out for this young man," said head coach Roger Harriott. "I knew that there was something special about him, and the thing that people still cannot comprehend is he isn't finished growing. His father is 6-5!"

Harriott believes that Syracuse got one of the big steals of the Class of 2010 in south Florida, urging that this is a player who has only scratched the surface as far as talent is concerned.

"He has been one of our most productive players this year," Harriott said. "Colleges such as LSU, Buffalo, Colorado State and Tulane have come through, but never offered. Syracuse just loves what he is now and what he will become in the future."

The Suns, which already have a verbal commitment for defensive end David Perry from the University of Miami, are expected to have more players who continue to fly way beneath the radar make college choices over the next few months.

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