Syracuse has hit the JUCO ranks hard over the last week and a half. They are looking to add talent to their squad in 2013, and believe there are JUCO players that can do just that. One such player is cornerback Cleshawn Page who took his official visit over the weekend.
"The visit went great," he said. "I really enjoyed it. They showed me the school, we got to watch practice, they showed us around, and we got to hang out with a lot of the players. It was normal recruiting visit type stuff.
"I was hanging out with a guy named Chris Clark, the receiver. He went to high school with me my first year of high school. So he was pretty much letting me know everything. He let me know the deal. Also, Deon Goggins went to Harbor College before me. We both knew the same people.
"He was showing me the ropes," Page continued. "He told me what to look out for and places to go. Where to go and where not to go. He was showing me the ropes."
Seeing the practice was a big thing for Page. It allowed him to envision what life would be like should he decide to play for Syracuse. That experience will be one of the biggest things he takes away from the visit.
"It was awesome," Page admitted. "Their indoor facility is real nice. The practice was hi-tempo. It definitely made me feel like it was somewhere I could see myself practicing and playing."
Another thing Page and the other visitors got to do was tour the campus. That answered questions for Page as well, and left a strong impression.
"The campus was great," he declared. "The facilities were great too. I got to see the field. One of the only indoor college stadiums. That was exciting. The campus was great to see. It snowed out there while I was out there. I'm from Cali so we don't get a lot of snow. It was an experience.
"The campus was great and the students were great. I really liked the coaches. It was cool."
While he did not commit on the trip, it was a visit that will help Syracuse when it comes time to make his final decision. Page says other schools have a high bar to meet when he takes his other visits.
"The trip obviously had a huge impact," he offered. "They showed me a lot of stuff that I didn't know like the program and the school. The business school is one of the best in the country and that's my major. When I actually heard the academic part of it that boosted things in my mind.
"I'm really excited about it. As far as the recruiting process, I still want to take all my trips to see how Syracuse holds up with these other schools. After I take all my trips I'll make my decision. I don't want to make a commitment yet but they are up there."