With a 5-star prospect just down the road, many had wondered why Syracuse had not offered stud forward Thomas Bryant despite being part of the 2015 class. Recently, the Orange put those questions to rest as they extended an offer to the 6-foot-9 standout.
Despite the constant interest, Bryant still says he was surprised when Syracuse finally pulled the trigger.
"I was surprised it came so early," Bryant said. "I didn't expect them to offer so soon. It was a good feeling."
Bryant is in a perfect location for the Syracuse staff. Because of the proximity, they are able to stay in contact on a regular basis. Bryant has been to several Syracuse games over the years, and has developed his relationship with the coaching staff during that time.
"We have a pretty good relationship," Bryant admitted. "I see them a lot. I go up to Syracuse for the games and I get to see them while I'm there. I usually just communicate with them at the games but we have a good relationship."
One of Bryant's closest friends is class of 2013 Syracuse signee Chinonso Obokoh. The two played together in high school, forming one of the state's most talented front courts. The idea of teaming up again in college is something the two have discusses. In fact, Obokoh has openly recruited Bryant on twitter.
Tweeted Obokoh to Bryant, "I'm going to see you in a few years when you commit to Cuse. Right?" To which Bryant responded, "You know that's been my dream forever." Obokoh answered with, "Yessir! So you better be there lol."
The two have discussed that possibility outside of social media as well.
"It would be great," Bryant claimed. "It would be cool to continue what we did in high school. We dominated at that level and I think we could dominate in college. It would be great to play with him."
Bryant knows staying home would allow his family to see him and watch him play more often. However, he believes they will be supportive regardless of his destination.
"I think it would mean a lot to them (to stay close to home)," Bryant stated. "Because they could come see me play more often. They could see me personally. But they'll be happy no matter where I go, if I stay home or go away."
Despite the many factors seemingly in Syracuse's favor, Bryant says the Orange should not be considered the front runner. The five star forward says it is still far too early for any such claims.
"I'm not considering Syracuse or anyone a favorite right now," Bryant explained. "I'm considering all my options. You never know what might pop up or if you get another offer or not. I have to keep myself open because it's early.
"Syracuse is one of the schools recruiting the most because they're close by home. They're only an hour and an hour and a half away. So they can come see me more than any other school."
Bryant added that he is not close to a decision at this time.