Rodney gets 'great vibe' from Syracuse

Zeek Rodney took an official visit to Syracuse over the weekend. He recaps the trip and breaks down its impact with inside.

Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe High defensive tackle Zeek Rodney may be the top defensive target left for Syracuse. He took an official visit over the weekend.

"I had a great time," Rodney said. "I met all of the current players that they have. They told me a lot about the coaches and how they feel about the coaches. I met some of the guys that have committed there. They're great, great guys. I met some guys that haven't committed there yet but looks like they're going to.

"I've seen all the facilities and they have some nice facilities. The weight room and things like that."

On Saturday, Rodney got to see what a game day atmosphere would be like when he attended Syracuse's basketball game against Pittsburgh.

"The game on Saturday was great," Rodney said. "All of the fans were into it. All the coaches were saying that the Syracuse fans were very involved with the team and stuff since they don't have a pro team in Syracuse. The community is real involved with the team and stuff like that.

"It was real loud in there even though the Dome was only half-filled. I can actually imagine what it's like when the football team plays and it's full. I had a great vibe and feeling from being there."

Rodney and defensive line coach Tim Daoust have developed a strong relationship. The two spent a lot of time together over the weekend.

"Me and coach Daoust talked a lot," Rodney said. "He was just telling me a lot of things he's been telling me and how much they want me. I talked to current players like Eric Crume. He's a junior lineman. He spoke very highly of coach Daoust. All of the players and all of the coaches were saying they love coach Daoust. What they said is there's no better coach than coach Daoust. A lot of the players love him.

"The coaches were telling me anytime I feel like this is the place for me to give them a call next week."

At one point during the visit, Rodney put on a Syracuse jersey. It was one of the highlights of the trip.

"It felt good," Rodney said. "I got a picture of it. Once I put it on, I felt like I could see myself playing there in the future for the next three to give years or whatever. I took a group picture with the guys. I got a feel for how it would be for the next three to five years."

While the 6-foot-1 defensive tackle did not pull the trigger and commit, the thought did cross his mind.

"It was on my mind but I didn't do it," Rodney said. "I just want to talk to my dad. He wasn't on the trip and I want to talk things over with him. Coach Daoust is coming for an in-home this week and coach Shafer next week.

"There may be a chance that I commit this week, but I'm not sure. As of now I'm still visiting Wake Forest next weekend."

Overall, the visit went very well for Rodney as Syracuse made an impression.

"Syracuse is one of the better all-around schools," Rodney said. "I really enjoyed it there. It gave me a better chance to open my eyes about the program. It was cold and there was snow but a lot of people said it really isn't this bad most of the time. They have the top business school in the country and I like that. I got a great feel for Syracuse."

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