Syracuse's win over Connecticut was an important one for commit Isaiah Johnson. Traveling with his high school teammate and UConn commit Dhameer Bradley, Johnson wanted to talk a little trash with his friend.
"The game was great," he recalled. "The atmosphere was just loud, the crowd was very into it. I loved it. I can't wait to be a part of it and play in front of that many fans.
"After the first half, my partner stopped talking all of the crap that he was talking. He wasn't really happy with how UConn was playing, but I was."
After the game, Johnson was able to spend some time talking to the Syracuse coaches and players. He says he is already close with some of the Orange players.
"Yeah, I talked to all the coaches after the game," Johnson explained. "They said they want me to be a part of their family. And I can't want to be a part of it. I talked to most of the team. I'm real close with Jerome (Smith), Dion (Goggins), and basically all the d-linemen. They seemed like they were having a lot of fun."
Syracuse held UConn to negative six rushing yards. As a defensive linemen, Johnson loved what he saw from that group.
"Whenever you hold a team to negative six rushing yards, that's big," he stated. "Linemen are the biggest part of the game. From a defensive end's perspective, I think they did great. The blitzes were great. You have to give credit to the defensive coordinator. The defensive line worked hard. They were in on every play. Nobody missed a beat."
A complete win, where all three phases play well, is something Syracuse commits had been looking for. Now that they finally have it, it's a good feeling.
"Honestly, the Rutgers game had nothing to do with my commitment," the two-star prospect said. "I'm fully committed. It was great, though. The defense, I would love to be a part of that, and can't wait to be a part of that.
"It's very important to me to see how well they do like yesterday. I mean, they just couldn't get a good break the last couple of games. I'm glad they got a good break now."
As Syracuse started pulling away, Johnson's teammate, Bradley, got very quiet. Johnson enjoyed having bragging rights.
"It wasn't so much what I was saying, but what I was doing," he said. "He was talking trash early. But eventually, I just looked at him. I'd look over at him and he'd just shake his head. That's all I have to do.
"Then in the car and on the way home, it was real quiet. So I just asked a few times when it got quiet, they couldn't answer me. We kicked up on him a little bit. Trash talking is my main thing that I do. It's just in the spirit of the moment kind of thing."