Syracuse commit Augustus Edwards received a Florida State offer a while back, and some Orange fans were concerned they might lose the talented three-star running back. He recently calmed those fears by deciding not take a trip to Tallahassee. Edwards took an official to Syracuse which only solidified his commitment.
"It was a great visit," he recalled. "I had a good time. I learned a lot about how I'm going to be used in the offense. My favorite part was the French Montana concert. He's one of my favorites.
"Also the basketball game. It was cool. We got some nose bleed seats, but I still enjoyed myself though."
Edwards has the chance to meet with some assistant coaches as well as head coach Doug Marrone. They were good conversations that gave him some insight into how the staff envisions using him.
"I talked to both coach (Nathaniel) Hackett and (Tyrone) Wheatley," Edwards explained. "They said they love my foot work. They think I can come in and play as soon as I learn the playbook. It meant a lot to hear that.
"I talked to Marrone as well. We didn't really talk football. He just asked how my visit was going. We talked about how school was going and he asked about my parents. It was cool."
Naturally, Syracuse had a fellow New York City player host the Staten Island (NY) native. He also spent time hanging out with some other downstate products. They hung out during most of the visit, including at the concert and basketball game.
"Alvin Cornelius was my host," Edwards said. "I hung out with a lot of the NYC guys. Terrel Hunt, Brandon Reddish, and other guys. They showed me a good time. We went to the concert and a few parties. They showed me around campus. It was great. The concert was my favorite part."
Edwards traveled to Syracuse with Laray Smith and Ebenezer Ogundeko. He said both had a great time and were impressed by the visit. He also admitted to doing a little recruiting of those during the trip.
One of the parts of the visit that Edwards couldn't stop raving about was the food. It even included a trip to one of Syracuse's most famous restaurants. Dinosaur Barbecue.
"I never ate that much food in my life," Edwards exclaimed. "There was food everywhere. I enjoyed the Buffalo chicken wrap I had waiting for me at the hotel room. We also went to Dinosaur Barbecue. I had some great barbecue wings. They were the best I've ever had."
The trip was a great experience for the Syracuse commit. It made him realize how excited he is to wear Orange. While it is only a matter of time before he arrives on campus, he is anxious to play for Marrone and company.
"I'm very excited," Edwards declared. "I'm preparing myself to compete. I can't wait to get there and play. They have two good running backs so I'm going to have to work hard. But I'm ready."