Chris Slayton is a talented prospect with a lot of options on where he could play college football. One of the schools that has been recruiting him the hardest is Syracuse. He took an official visit over the weekend and things went well for the three star defensive end.
"It was nice," Slayton said. "It was real nice. It was nice up there. I had a fun time. I got to hang out with all of the players. They were real cool. I had a good meeting with coach Shafer.
"We talked about sports, his family, my family. It was just cool getting to know him. He said I was a big priority. They definitely need me on the defensive line."
Slayton was hosted by fellow Midwest defensive lineman Eric Crume. The two got to know each other on the trip, and Crume was able to give him some insight into the Syracuse program.
"Eric Crume was my host," Slayton said. "He was cool. He was telling me that Syracuse would be a good fit for me and that they definitely need me."
Another part of the trip that stood out was when the recruits went with current Orange players to the mall. Specifically, they spent a lot of time in Dave and Buster's.
"It was a lot of fun," Slayton said. "We played a lot of games and we watched the NIU game. Just playing games and hanging out."
On Saturday, one of the highlights was attending the Syracuse vs. Binghamton basketball game at the Carrier Dome.
"It was great," Slayton said. "I wasn't expecting anything like that. I got a little sample of what the atmosphere would be like during games. It was cool."
The visit had a big impact on the Crete-Monee standout.
"They're definitely at the top," Slayton said. "But I have to compare it to something. I'm going to Kansas this week and we'll see where that goes. I'm going to U of I, Illinois, after that (January 24th). I'll be deciding after that."
"Committing crossed my mind a little bit. But I have to compare it to something. Syracuse is on top but I want to take the other officials and see where things stand."
Ultimately, his decision will come down to which program he feels the most comfortable with.
"It's about the people around the program," Slayton said. "The players, the coaches, things like that. I definitely noticed that Syracuse is family atmosphere."