Syracuse hosted a pair of Simeon High School teammates over the weekend for official visits. One of those prospects was 3-star linebacker Reggie Spearman. He loved seeing what the Orange had to offer.
"It went great," Spearman told CuseNation.com. "I really liked the players and the atmosphere there. I really liked the coaching staff and I felt a real good connection with the whole school. I really liked it.
"Cam Lynch hosted me. Cam was real cool. We got to hang out. He showed me around the whole school. He showed me all the guys around campus, all the football guys. He showed me the ropes. It was cool. It was like one big family there and that's one big thing I like about Syracuse. It was amazing."
Trying to develop a relationship with a new staff can be difficult this late in the recruiting process. Luckily for Spearman, he had previous relationships with some of the new coaches at Syracuse.
"The new coaching staff, I'm pretty familiar with," the 6-foot-2 outside linebacker admitted. "I know them from before they got there. I got to talk to them before they got to Syracuse. Coach (Clark) Lea was cool and I talked to coach (Chuck) Bullough for a little while. I really have a strong connection with them.
"I just really like the new coaching staff. The defensive coordinator, he said he knows who he wants and I'm who he wants. The scheme is amazing. I really like it."
When he got to spend time talking to head coach Scott Shafer, he felt the Orange really want him. That was very important to Spearman.
"The head coach told me it wasn't a want it was a need," the Chicago (IL) product said. "They really want me and really need me a lot. They really need me in the program. Me and my teammate enjoyed the trip and now we have to make a big decision."
The visit left a big impact on the talented linebacker. He wants to discuss things with his family and think about his options, but Syracuse appears to be in good standing with his announcement right around the corner.
Committing crossed my mind a little bit on the trip. It did. I'm not going to lie. It crossed my mind a lot. I've got to sit down with my parents and everything and see what happens from there."
Taking the trip with a high school teammate was a special part of the visit for Spearman. He says he'd love to be able to play with Kendall Moore at the next level.
"Ah man, it'd be big," Spearman said. "I mean, we've basically played all of our lives together. So it'd be big to be able to play football with my best friend because I know he's going to get the job done. It'd be great."
Simeon High School is holding a special announcement event on Tuesday, February 5th, where Moore and Spearman are expected to announce their college choice.