Marrone Impresses Arciniega's Family

Syracuse is hitting the JUCO ranks hard to add talent to their team for 2013. One of their top targets is linebacker Luke Arciniega. Doug Marrone and Greg Adkins visited Arciniega at his home on Tuesday. That visit left a big impression, and he spoke about it with

Luke Arciniega, JUCO linebacker out of Sparks (NV), was very impressed by his official visit to Syracuse. He did not commit as he wanted to take another visit to compare to the Orange. Well the staff is trying to make that very difficult as they put the full-court press on Arciniega.

On Tuesday, head coach Doug Marrone took a trip to Arciniega's home to do an in-home visit and meet his family. Joining Marrone on the visit was assistant coach Greg Adkins. That visit went really well, and the two coaches impressed his family as well as the 6-foot-4 prospect.

"Marrone and coach Adkins visited yesterday at my home," Arciniega told "They came at 5:30pm. We sat down and we had spaghetti with them. My mom, dad, sister, and girlfriend were all there."

The visit was important on a number of fronts. Syracuse needs a middle linebacker to step in for Siriki Diabate next season. They view Arciniega as potentially that player. It also gave the coaches a chance to make an impression on his family, which could go a long way in landing the talented linebacker.

"It was real good," Arciniega recalled. "My family really enjoyed them. As soon as they left, they all gave a thumbs up. They said Syracuse has their vote."

With such a big impression, the natural thought would be for Arciniega to commit. He certainly thought about it, but wasn't quite ready to pull the trigger.

"I'm really thinking about it," Arciniega remarked. "I'm going to take one more visit just to compare. But I'm pretty impressed."

The question has been which school will receive that visit? Originally, he was going to see BYU this week and Memphis this weekend. However, he cancelled his visit to BYU after his Syracuse official. Then, Miami called and expressed interest. But there may be a complication with the Hurricanes that could eliminate their chances.

"I just confirmed today that Miami is still processing my medical history with my head," Arciniega admitted. "they won't be able to get me in on a visit until January which might be too late. So I'm visiting Memphis this weekend."

Arciniega appears to be nearing a decision, and Syracuse is in fantastic shape. They've impressed the parents, which can be one of the most important factors. With Arciniega being an early enrollee, Miami not being able to get him on campus until January seems to have all but eliminated them. The Orange look to be in a great position.

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