Syracuse has been recruiting for their 2014 class as they continue to look towards the future. One prospect they have been keeping an eye on is local Rochester (NY) athlete Justin Noye. He believes he can play multiple positions at the next level.
"My biggest strength is running the ball," Noye said. "I'm good at taking broken down plays and turning them into something positive. My weakness is not being patient inside the pocket and escaping to the outside too quick. I play quarterback now, but I'm an athlete.
"I don't care what position I play."
Early in the recruiting stage, he only holds one offer. While he continues to look for more options, he is receiving interest from a few area schools.
"University of Albany has offered me," Noye declared. "They offered me a few weeks ago. Other schools are showing interest though. Syracuse and Connecticut mostly. Rutgers and University of Buffalo is showing heavy interest. I went on a visit to their campus and to a game. Old Dominion is also showing heavy interest. I have met with their coach."
Syracuse has sent assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley to evaluate and recruit Noye. Establishing a relationship early in the process could be very important as other programs start to show interest. For the time being, the Orange are the only division one program to start developing that relationship.
"I forgot his name," Noye admitted. "He played in the NFL. It's Tyrone Wheatley. That's who's recruiting me from Syracuse. He came to my school last week. He's just telling me to keep my grades up, take my SATs, and stuff like that. He keeps in contact with my coach all the time. They say they want me to play running back I guess. Maybe another position, we will have to see. They talk to me a lot.
"UConn, they send a lot of letters about the school and some notices about their camp. A lot of recruiting letters. None of their coaches have talked to me yet."
The work that Wheatley is putting in has worked as the 6-foot-1 prospect has enjoyed getting to know the Syracuse coach. As the two develop an early relationship, the East High product has taken notice of the way Wheatley carries himself.
"Wheatley is one of the most positive coaches I've talked to," Noye explained. "He's just always giving me good advice when I ask him things. He talks about making me a better player and a better person. He's a good person overall. I like the way he presents himself."
Being a short drive down the thruway, playing for Syracuse would be something Noye would love to have the opportunity to do. While he still wants to go through the process, he is hoping to receive an Orange offer.
"My interest in them is high," Noye offered. "I'm very interest in Syracuse. I have never been to a game there or anything like that. I've played there before though and they've seen me play. I haven't been to any camps yet but I'm going to their junior day."