Nassau Community College is monitored regularly by Syracuse for division one talent. They have found one in 2014 offensive tackle Chad Mavety. Unfortunately for the Orange, so have big name programs across the country.
"I have plenty of offers," Mavety admitted. "I don't know every single one. I have a bunch of schools interested. Syracuse, they offered me during the season with coach (John) Anselmo. He comes down to check out a lot of kids from my school, and he offered me.
Early in the process, the big tackle does not have any favorites. However, there are a few schools that are standing out. That includes the Orange.
"I don't really have any favorites," Mavety said. "But standing out, Alabama, USC, Ohio State, and Syracuse. Because growing up, Syracuse was one of my dream schools. I'm going down to Ohio State on April 6th for an unofficial visit. West Virginia I'm going to visit for an unofficial.
"Those are the only two I have set up right now. I'm in the process of setting up an unofficial to Arizona State. That's about it right now."
Despite the interest and offers from some of college football's elite, it appears Syracuse has a chance here. That will be dependent on how the new staff recruits Mavety, however.
"No they haven't," he claimed. "They haven't been in touch with me. They may have been in touch with my coach, he hasn't told me. But I know I still have that offer.
"That's really what I'm looking for right now is for the new staff to show me interest. Like I said, it was like a dream school growing up. I've been to Syracuse football games and basketball games. I always saw myself playing in a Syracuse uniform. But I also want to do what's best for me and play for a national championship. I want to play in a top flight program."
In addition to playing for a top flight program, there are other things Mavety is looking for in a potential landing spot.
"Definitely the support," Mavety described. "I want to go to a place where I have support and can be successful. I want a school that's strong on the academic side. I want a coaching staff that's going to be there for the long term, that's not going to leave during my two years."
As his recruitment starts to get into full swing, Mavety has not lost focus on continuing to work hard. He knows he must get stronger if he is going to contribute right away at the major division one level.
"Really just my strength," the 6-foot-6 lineman suggested. "I used to be able to bully people around but here I have to keep getting stronger and stronger. That's really what I need to work on. I have pretty good footwork, and I know how to block. I have good use of my hands and all that stuff.
"It's really just my strength."
With a lot of programs after his services, Mavety is taking his time. It could be a busy summer and fall for the talented lineman.
"I don't have a time frame," Mavety said. "I'll have to take some visits. Some unofficial visits and some officials. I'll probably decide at the end of my season."