Defensive line help is important for Syracuse in their 2014 class. One target that recently picked up an offer is Brodheadsville (PA) Pleasant Valley High defensive end Marquis Brown. Brown had been receiving letters from the Orange for some time, but the offer still surprised him.
"Mostly towards the end of my junior year they started sending me letters," Brown recalled. "They would come to the school and see how I was doing and all that. When I got the letter, I was surprised. I didn't expect it to say what it said. I expected it to be about their team. How they're doing and what they want to accomplish this year. It was surprising to me but I was really happy to get that letter. They always said they wanted to offer me. But I didn't get it confirmed until I got the letter."
Despite the offer and the frequent letters, Brown has not spoken to the coaching staff. That is something he plans to do, however, in order to learn more about the program.
"I haven't really been in contact with them much," Brown admitted. "I've just been getting letters. I've got a lot of letters but we haven't really talked on the phone or anything. I think during or at the end of my season when I have the most time, I'm pretty sure I'll get in touch with a lot of colleges and Syracuse. Hopefully visit and get out there."
Despite not speaking with the staff, Brown does have some knowledge of the Orange.
"I know they got a new head coach," Brown said. "They're going to the ACC. A new league to play. It's a great school, a private school that's great academically."
Brown says there are some other schools that have shown interest, but did not name any specifically. He says Syracuse is the only offer at this point.
"Right now, I'm not sure," Brown explained. "I really don't have any more offers. A lot of schools do send me letters a lot. But Syracuse right now is the only that's said they've offered me. A lot of schools have said they want to offer me but I really haven't gotten them confirmed like Syracuse."
Despite only holding one offer, Brown knows what he wants in a potential landing spot.
"I want a great education," Brown claimed. "That's the number one thing because after football I'll always have my degree. Coaches that will help you get better. A great atmosphere. A lot of things like that."
Brown added he's definitely interested in visiting Syracuse, but doesn't seem to be anywhere close to a decision.