New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy offensive tackle Chasz Wright was unexpectedly pulled out of practice on Tuesday. Many times when that happens, it is for disciplinary reasons. This time, however, it was for a good reason. Syracuse wanted him to make the short trip up north to check out the campus.
So Wright, along with a few of his teammates, hopped into a car and drove to Central New York to check out the Orange.
"It was really kind of a surprise," Wright said. "I actually got pulled out in the middle of practice. I went in to change with a few of the other guys and we made our way up to Syracuse. We got to watch them practice, talk to our position coach (offensive line coach Pat Perles) and stuff. Got a tour of the campus. We got to meet some of the players. Just checked everything out.
"Everything was amazing. The atmosphere of the whole entire campus was amazing. The players were nice. Walking to the facilities, the facilities are top-notch. They're still in the process of upgrading things but everything looks real nice."
The trip wasn't the first time Wright had heard of interest from the Orange. Pat Perles was there recently and was impressed with the 6-foot-7 prospect.
"A few weeks ago they came up to the school," Wright said. "It was the offensive line coach. He watched practice and told my coach he was interested in me. So this was the second time I've heard from Syracuse really."
"I've been hearing a lot about an offer being put on the table. I keep hearing from a lot of my coaches that Syracuse is really interested in me. During my visit the position coach was just telling me how interested they are. So I'm looking for an offer to come soon."
If the Orange were to offer, Wright says they would be high on his list.
Oh yes definitely," Wright said. "No doubt I would be interested. But they're still in the middle of their evaluation right now. They've got my film and stuff like that. No specifics right now but I'm definitely interested."
Wright added that he hasn't heard from the Connecticut staff in a while after committing to them out of high school. With the firing of Paul Pasqualoni, Wright is unsure where the Huskies stand in his recruitment. That gives could put Syracuse in the forefront if they extend an offer.