Crete-Monee three star ranked senior defensive end Chris Slayton (6-foot-3, 258 pounds) decided to end his recruiting process on Christmas Eve and gave Syracuse his verbal commitment.
"I gave Syracuse my verbal commitment on Christmas Eve," Slayton said. "I knew I was ready to end my recruiting process. I found a place to call home in Syracuse and it was just the right time for me to tell the coaches and my friends and family."
Slayton is now the fourth Chicagoland recruit from the 2014 class to pledge to the Orangemen, joining St. Rita defensive back Lamar Dawson, De La Salle offensive lineman Aaron Roberts and Lake Zurich linebacker Colton Moskal. The local connection to Syracuse was yet another factor for Slayton in his final choice.
"They have some other Chicago area kids already on the team and I just feel like I'd be another good fit in this class. I also get along great with the Syracuse coaches and they also have a lot of connections back to Chicago. Most of the coaches on the staff have coached here so I just felt very at ease with other Chicagoland guys."
Slayton was planning to make January official visits but will now cancel those trips.
"I was planning to make more visits in January. I was looking at seeing both Illinois and Minnesota but now I'm going to cancel those visits. I just don't feel like I need to make other visits or even talk to any other coaches now."
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Slayton's verbal commitment leaves just five uncommitted recruits left from the Rivals.com State of Illinois Top 45 Class of 2014 recruit rankings. Slayton, named to the 2013 EDGYTIM.com All State team is the 25th ranked recruit in the state according to Rivals.com.