Tyler Provo knew the ins and outs of Syracuse football well before he became one of the program's 2013 recruiting targets and eventually the first commit in the Class of 2013. The familiarity with the Orange that Tyler gained while watching his older brother, Nick Provo, excel at SU helped to form a bond between coach and recruit that came full circle on Tuesday when the younger Provo pledged Orange.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pounder out of Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage made the call with Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett in town to watch spring practice. Provo made it a point to deliver the good news to his future coach in person.
"Coach Hackett came down today and we just talked," said Provo. "He watched me practice and stuff. I really like Coach Hackett a lot, he's a great coach. I feel like I can do some big things at Syracuse once I'm there."
"Before practice, I told him I want to commit and he was real excited," he continued. "I was real excited, too, and we talked about Syracuse – they have a new facility, we talked about the offense and everything."
Said offense, which has undergone slight changes in the spring, is tailor-made for the tight end position – as evidenced by Nick's record-setting senior season on the way to setting the mark for receptions in a career at 92 to go along with over 1,000 career yards. Other schools saw the younger Provo fitting in elsewhere within their offenses.
"Some of my offers were wanting me to play more H-back and Syracuse has me pretty much playing it all," he said. "That's what I was pretty much going for. I want to play tight end, move around a lot and play some H-back – and I can do that at Syracuse. "
The three-star selected the Orange over recent offers from South Florida, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Purdue. Couple those with his early extensions from Louisville, Boston College, UCF and Florida International - and several schools with plenty of offensive looks wanted a piece of Provo.
So what if more schools join the offer party despite his commitment to Syracuse?
Said Provo, "If I get a real good offer, even to play tight end, Syracuse is still my number one."
For those worried about more pressing matter, like his number, Provo will indeed don the same No. 80 that big brother sported.
"I already got it reserved, man," he said while laughing. "I already got it reserved."
With a recruitment virtually shut-down, Provo will focus on his senior season at Heritage while planning a few in-season trips to the Carrier Dome for some home games – which is nothing new for the orange legacy.
As for Nick, he's simply proud of his brother – who he didn't push to go to SU.
"I am very excited for Tyler," he said. "I think it is a good opportunity for him especially because of the coaching staff, and that he will be working so closely with Coach Hackett. It is a great environment for him to play football and have fun while doing it, as well as get a great education.
"I can't wait to see Tyler as the next No. 80 for the Orange."
FOX Sports Next and Scout.com's Beth Long contributed to this report