Running back is one of the priority positions for Syracuse in their 2014 class. The Orange offered another prospect at that position recently in Mikale Wilbon of De La Salle Institute in Chicago (IL). The offer came from a familiar name to the 5-foot-9 prospect.
"Yeah I've got an offer," Wilbon said. "I talked to the running backs coach (DeAndre Smith) before. I thought I had an offer when I talked to him but I didn't know. I talked to him on Facebook and made sure if I had an offer or not. He told me that yeah, I had an offer. So far, he's the only coach I've talked to. I'm supposed to be talking to the offensive coordinator (George McDonald) soon.
"Coach Smith said I'd fit in well. I guess they've got a new offensive coordinator. He came from Miami. He said since I'm like a speed back, I'd fit real well in their offense."
Despite holding more than a dozen offers, Syracuse's offer meant a lot to Wilbon. It allowed him to reunite with DeAndre Smith, and excited the speedy back.
"I was excited," Wilbon admitted. "Especially coming from Coach Smith since I've known him since eighth grade. He had got back in contact with me and we basically reunited. It was exciting to get the offer from him and Syracuse."
The relationship between Wilbon and Smith goes back a few years. That relationship has been developing during that time, and could give Syracuse a leg up in the recruitment of the De La Salle standout.
"I've known him since my eighth grade year when he was a coach at Illinois," Wilbon recalled. "I went to Illinois camp my eighth grade year. Since then, he told me he was going to recruit me. He's had a bunch of different jobs and when he got to Syracuse he started recruiting me.
"As a person and a coach he's real cool. He's remembered everything about me since eighth grade. He's seen me play, and he knows my moves and all that. We have a cool relationship since we've known each other for three or four years."
Still early in the process, Wilbon is getting to know Syracuse. He has taken notice of the rise of the football program in recent years, however.
"I know that they're really a basketball school," Wilbon claimed. "But their football team is getting better. I've been seeing that recently. I've been seeing that and I'm definitely going to take that into consideration. Right now I don't have any favorites and I'm keeping my options open.
"I want to visit there. Not soon, and I don't know when because they're not close to where I live. I'm going to try sometime, maybe during the season to go check out a game or something."
As offers continue to pour in for Wilbon, he knows what he's looking for in a potential landing spot despite not having any favorites. Education is the most important, he says. However, there are other factors that will be pivotal as well.
"First is educational background," the three star running back said. "I want to major in business so I want a good business program. I'm looking for that. Location is not going to be a factor when I commit.
"The offensive line, a good coaching staff of course, the fan base, and a good offense I can fit in really well are important. And a team where I can impact really early."
The Syracuse offer was Wilbon's fifteenth.