Syracuse had another busy weekend as the new staff hosted three prospects for official visits. One committed during the trip, Brisly Estime, while two Chicago (IL) teammates at Simeon High also loved the visit. Kendal Moore, 3-star offensive tackle, was very impressed by what he saw on the hill.
"I liked it a lot," Moore explained. "I liked everything about it. The coaches and players made me feel right at home. They had open arms too so it was easy to be myself around them.
"My player host was Rob Trudo, the starting guard. He was pretty cool. He treated me like a little brother and everything. He was sort of taking me under his wing. I was also hanging out with Cam Lynch the linebacker. Also Ritchy (Desir), number six, the punt returner. The connection that they had just let me know how tight the team was because they play three totally different positions but they were all super cool."
With the Syracuse staff being so new, it is important for prospects to quickly develop a relationship with them this late in the process. Moore feels he was able to do that on the trip.
"I spent time with pretty much all of the coaches," the 6-foot-5 prospect admitted. "Rob Moore, DeAndre Smith, and coach (Pat) Perles. That's my position coach (Perles), offensive line. Everybody just made me feel right at home.
"It was important to get to know them because they are a new staff. But what I found out was they are all mutual friends whether they worked together at another school or played with each other when they were younger. That was just really cool seeing that they were all tight."
The facilities also had a big impact on the 3-star offensive lineman. Moore said they stood up to any that he had seen on previous official visits.
"My favorite part was going into the Carrier Dome," the Simeon High School product recalled. "Being on the floor where Syracuse plays. The facilities were great. As far as the other schools I've been to, I would say they have some of the better facilities."
The visit was important for Moore to see where Syracuse stands. The impact put the Orange in the mix for the talented lineman, as he even considered committing during the trip.
"The visit had a big impact on my recruitment right now," Moore said. "I'm actually in the thinking process. I'm just open to everything right now. I'm looking at Western Michigan, University of Illinois, Oklahoma, and ‘Cuse.
"I'm not even sure where everyone stands right now. I just have to lay everything out. But Syracuse is in the top two. Probably with Western Michigan or maybe OU."
He attended the visit with his high school teammate, Reggie Spearman. Being able to both take that visit together meant a lot to Moore.
"We didn't talk about playing together, but that would be great," he said. "I know Reggie really enjoyed himself and he's got some thinking to do as well. You never know."
Moore and Spearman will be making their announcing on Tuesday, February 5th, the day before national signing day.