While the uncommitted prospects get most of the attention during big official visit weekends, the committed prospects can be just as important. Quarterback Austin Wilson was on campus this weekend and had a great time on the trip. He saw parts of the campus he had not seen before, helped recruit for the Orange, and spent time with some current Syracuse players.
"It was a lot of fun," Wilson declared. "First, it was cool to just see the new hall of fame and all the new things. When I was up there before everything was under construction. It was just white walls and all I could see where just pictures of what it was going to look like. This time I got to see how it came out, and it looked exactly like the pictures.
"It was really impressive. The weekend was great. My host was Jarrod West. So I got to hang out with him and with Ryan Nassib a little bit since he's Jarrod's roommate. Overall it was a great weekend. I think they are pretty close on getting a lot of the recruits that were there."
Wilson is coming in to compete for the starting quarterback position with Nassib completing his final season for the Orange. One of his primary competitors will be Zach Allen. The two got to meet for the first time, and clicked instantly despite that perceived rivalry.
"It was great to finally get to meet him," Wilson admitted. "Both of our families met and got along. I think me and Zach are pretty close personality wise. We just struck up a good relationship right from the start. I spent a lot of time with him. I think going on in the future it's going to be great. It'll be fun to compete with him. I look forward to it."
One of the coolest parts of the trip for many of the recruits was attending the Syracuse basketball game against Monmouth. Wilson thought it was a really cool experience that left a big impression on the East Pennsboro (PA) quarterback.
"The basketball game, it was crazy," Wilson recalled. "They played Monmouth, and the overall atmosphere in the Dome was amazing. The noise just ricochets off the walls in there and it gets so loud."
Similar to other prospects on campus, Wilson loved the food. However, that was not the only part that stood out to the two-star quarterback.
"They definitely fed us well," Wilson remarked. "I think I came back five or six pounds heavier than I was. One thing that stood out to me was - because I want to go into communications or a P.R. major - that was one of our big hits on Saturday was seeing the Newhouse School of Communications. We took a tour of the whole building. We got to see the ins and outs of everything. It was really impressive."
Similar to Zach Allen, Wilson took this opportunity to recruit for Syracuse to try to bring some more talent with him when he arrives on campus. He believes those efforts were successful.
"Syracuse definitely speaks for itself but I did speak to the recruits that were there," Wilson said. "Everybody had a great weekend. I was just talking to people to see what they were feeling and where we stand as well as what other schools they're talking to. I was telling them that Syracuse is up and coming as they showed this year going 7-5 and getting hot in the second half of the season.
"Coming to the ACC and all the perks of coming to Syracuse. The great coaching staff and the great community around you. Those were just some of the things I spoke to with the players there. It hit well with a lot of them because I didn't get anything negative back from anybody. All of them told me that Syracuse was on their top."
Wilson will have to wait to enroll at Syracuse, as his request for early graduation was denied by his school. While his anticipation and excitement for his time with the Orange was already at a fever pitch, this trip enhanced those feelings.
"Each trip and each time I get to come hang out with the guys it just helps me get more comfortable with the guys and the atmosphere at Syracuse," Wilson said. "I love it more and more every time I come. It's a great group of guys. It's like one big family and I'm excited to be a part of it."