Whenever a program has a bunch of prospects on campus, a few new prospects emerge. One of those was Trenton (NJ) linebacker Ryan Malagrino who was on the Syracuse campus this past weekend.
"The visit, it was amazing," Malagrino described. "I loved the whole thing. The school and the campus is amazing. Once we got there, we were in a hall that had all of the history of Syracuse. I was just enlightened and amazed by it. The coaches then took us into a little conference room. I liked how the coaches had the small amount of kids that they really wanted there. It kept it serious on who they wanted and who they were interested in.
"I felt like the coaches were really down to earth and they knew what they were talking about. I had a lot of respect for those coaches. I would love to go to that school. It's at the top of my list to go to Syracuse."
Malagrino spent a lot of time speaking with various Syracuse coaches. That time really meant a lot to the Hamilton North Nottingham High standout.
"I talked to the linebacker coach (Clark Lea)," Malagrino recalled. "He told me if I camp there and they like what they see, they could offer me a scholarship. They feel like I have more room to improve and could also offer me if they like my senior tape. I talked to the defensive coordinator (Chuck Bullough). He said I was exactly as he imagined me to be. He was very glad to see me. I was very pleased to meet him.
"I also talked to the o-line coach (Pat Perles) who's my recruiting coach. He was very interested in me and I talked to him on the whole bus ride back. It was just small talk and getting to know each other. I got all their numbers and I'm going to keep in contact with them."
Ryan then took in the Syracuse Spring Game after his conversations with the coaching staff. The atmosphere and performance of the team were a great experience, and one player in particular stood out to Malagrino.
"The stadium was amazing," the 5-foot-11 linebacker said. "The players, I feel like, they play as a team. I like that. I feel like all the coaches and all the teammates really work together like a family atmosphere. All the coaches said that they knew each other personally. I liked that because it made me feel comfortable.
"I liked the team. Number 11 (Marquis Spruill), the middle linebacker, he was really good. Only player that really stood out to me was number 11. He was a bit of inspiration to me. I would've loved to talk to him but I think I saw him run into the locker room after."
Syracuse isn't the only school expressing interest in Malagrino. He has a few others that are looking to have him on campus. Despite that interest, he knows where he wants to go if an offer presents itself.
"Marshall is really interested in me," Malagrino admitted. "They sent me an e-mail saying they want me to come down there and visit. North Carolina State is also interested in me. They want me to go to their junior day and camp. Temple and Rutgers came to my school. They're all interested in me and right now it's mainly Marshall and North Carolina State showing interest.
"But if Syracuse were to give me an offer, I would take it."