While Syracuse had important business on the field over the weekend, they also had some off of it with two uncommitted prospects on campus. One of those was three star Grafton (Wisc.) High athlete Beau Benzschawel.
"First I flew in on Saturday morning," Benzschawel said. "I went straight to the game and got on the field and everything. The Dome was a great place to see a game. It had a great atmosphere. They played Clemson who is a really good school and they held their own for a little bit. That was great. After that we went to dinner with the coaches. That was fun. I got to meet them, talk to them and talk some football with them so that was nice.
"The next day we just toured everything on the campus and with the facilities. Then I had a meeting with coach (George) McDonald, the offensive coordinator. Then I talked to (head) coach (Scott) Shafer and had a good conversation with him. Everything went really well."
The conversations with the Orange coaches were one of the highlights for Benzschawel, who got to know the coaches that had been recruiting him on a more personal level. The conversation also shifted to football and how the three star prospect would fit into the Syracuse system.
"They basically talked about what they were recruiting me for which is tight end," Benzschawel said. "Basically just talking about what they're going to do with me in the offense. Just about how they want a guy with my frame who can go out there and catch passes.
"I'm going to be an extra target and create mismatches downfield."
The visit went about as well as it could for Syracuse despite not landing a verbal pledge from Benzschawel. The Orange remain in a strong position with the 6-foot-5 talent.
"No they were really cool about it," Benzschawel said. "They said they're big on not pressuring guys to do and letting things fall where they may. I still have to talk to my dad since he wasn't able to make it down there. They were not pushy at all with that. They wanted me to take my time. They told me I was number one on their tight end list and they're waiting on me to see what I'm going to do. There's no pressure from them though.
"I didn't really know what to expect coming into Syracuse. I didn't really know that much about the school and the team and all that. Going there really gave me a better understanding on everything going on there. After this visit, they're number one."
Another highlight for Benzschawel was interacting with the other prospects on campus. One, who committed on the trip, even tried to help Syracuse add another pledge.
"They were great," Benzschawel said. "We just talked about how great it would be if I went there and how good we would do and stuff like that. Aaron Roberts, who actually committed on the visit, he's a great guy. He already tried to get me to commit today.
"We talked a lot of football and that if I went there we'd have a lot of fun. It was really nice to meet them."
Despite how well things seemed to go on the visit and the lack of other schools involved, Benzschawel is unsure when he will make his final decision.
"I really don't know right now," Benzschawel said. "I'm just going to ride it out right now and let the cards fall where they may. I don't have my official scheduled yet but it's going to be in the winter so I can go to a basketball game.
"I don't have any other visits scheduled. I'm getting a little bit of action from Iowa, but nothing as far as offers or anything. They want me to go out there for a game invite sometime I guess."