Not a week after securing the commitment from Norwalk lineman Evan Adams, Syracuse has nabbed another Connecticut High School players’ verbal commitment. This time, it’s Hamden Hall defensive end Brandon Ginnetti.
Ginnetti gave his verbal commitment Wednesday, according to Scout.com (subscription required).
BREAKING: Hamden (CT) Hall DE Brandon Ginnetti has committed to Syracuse
— Mike McAllister (@McAllisterScout) June 18, 2014
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound senior-to-be made 75 tackles and had eight sacks as a junior, according to statistics reported on MaxPreps.com.
He also ran for 337 yards and three touchdowns and caught 26 passes for 470 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end.
Ginnetti, who also pitches and plays first base at Hamden Hall, said he chose football over baseball because it would better assist his family in affording college. He said a football scholarship offered more than baseball.
“I wanted to help my dad out,” he said. “That’s why I chose football.”
Ginnetti joins a group of Connecticut recruits that includes Adams (Syracuse), Windsor Locks/Suffield DB Jarvis Miller (Penn State), Fairfield Prep tackle Anthony Palazzolo (Boston College), and New Canaan DE Zach Allen (Northwestern).
The Hamden Hall standout said he is a lifelong Syracuse fan, particularly in basketball, and he is happy with his choice.
“I saw myself there,” he said. “I got on the phone with the coaches. I said to myself as soon as I got there, ‘this is me.'”
Non-CIAC Division I recruits include: Taft QB Quentin Harris (Duke), Kingswood Oxford RB Sharrieff Grice (Boston College), Avon Old Farms DT Anthony Giudice (Syracuse) and Choate’s William Harris (Boston College).