Avon (Conn.) Old Farms tight end Chris Clark has remained high on Syracuse since they became the first school to extend an offer over the summer. On Saturday, he was able to take in his first game day atmosphere at the Carrier Dome.
"They played really well," Clark said. "They definitely used the tight end a lot that day. Josh Parris had a really good game. He had some really big catches. That was awesome. I thought the atmosphere in the Dome was great. Even though the students were on break, it seemed like a lot of people still showed up. It got pretty loud. I thought the offense was really good.
"Definitely thought I could fit in. Like, in the red zone. I think I could play in the slot and be a mismatch because of my size. I thought there were a couple of plays in the game, I mean they have some talented tight ends there now, but in terms of what I can do, I thought I could make some plays on third down and in the red zone."
While seeing the Orange use the tight end frequently in the win, including the game winning touchdown, was exciting, maybe the best part of the visit for Clark happened before the game.
"It was actually really cool," Clark said. "When I got onto the sideline, I got to meet Floyd Little. That was kind of awesome to be able to talk football with him. He was asking about my family, telling me about Syracuse. It was really cool.
"I got to talk to coach Rob Moore, coach (George) McDonald and the head coach (Scott Shafer) on the sideline. Coach Shafer's conversation was pretty brief. Coach McDonald took some time and reiterated how important I am to their class of 2015. Obviously they don't have a tight end in the class of 2014 and I don't think they're going to take one. He's saying they really need playmakers like me to get it going in the ACC."
After watching the game and completing his trip, Clark headed home. On the way home, he had time to reflect on where things stand with Syracuse.
"It had a huge impact," Clark said. "I finally got to feel what it feels like in a game atmosphere. It was really awesome to see the fans and stuff, and how they enjoy the game. Before Syracuse was high on my list. Now, they're my leader right now if I had to say. Syracuse is, right now, my top choice.
"Obviously I still have to go through the process, but if there was a school right now out front, it would be Syracuse."