A three-star prospect, McFarlane spoke to the Orange coaching staff soon after the fax was sent.
"The coaches congratulated me and said they wished they could have me up there now," he said.
But what position will he play at SU? The official site has him listed as a linebacker, but the play-making senior sees himself with the ball in his hands one way or another.
The Half Hollow Hills West (NY) athlete has played quarterback, running back, linebacker and safety over the last two years - but running back has always been the priority.
"Me and George Morris will do big things," he said. "I'm excited."
After some deeper thought, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect opened things up some.
"I just want to contribute next year," said McFarlane. "I know I'm going to have to earn it."
Either way, there was no doubt in where he was heading to school despite a playful Tweet late Tuesday night.
"I've known for about a year that I was going to Syracuse all along, he admitted.
McFarlane and Morris are the only running backs in the class for Syracuse.