Nashville (Tenn.) Overton Comp High cornerback Ugo Amadi already has multiple offers from the SEC, as well as one from the hometown Tennessee Volunteers. His latest came from the ACC, when the Syracuse Orange extended an offer.
"Yes they offered," Amadi said. "Eric White contacted me on Twitter. He didn't talk to me right away because he was busy. But he contacted me on Twitter and then added me on Facebook. After that, he gave me his number to give him a call. That's when he said I was offered."
The offer came as a bit of a shock to the three-star corner, who said that was his first interaction with the staff.
"Syracuse had been mailing me letters and everything," Amadi said. "But it was kind of a surprise. I didn't think they were going to offer me a scholarship, so I was surprised. But it's exciting. I felt honored to get another scholarship and I was really blessed when that happened.
"They extended the offer right after I got done working out, so I guess that was a good sign."
Next up for Amadi is taking the trip up north to check out the Syracuse program in person. That is on his to-do list for the summer.
"Yeah definitely I'd like to visit," Amadi said. "Going up to New York for a big ACC school, definitely I want to get up there and check it out. I'm going to try to get up there in the summer most likely. Summer to fall, I'll probably get up there."
The 5-foot-11 corner has watched Syracuse play on television on several occasions. That has helped fuel his interest in the Orange.
"I'm very seriously interested in Syracuse," Amadi said. "They haven't really been contacting me until now, but I'm going to look at them. They have a good fan base and play against good competition. That's what I want to do when I go to the next level, is play with and against good competition.
"I've watched them play multiple times. I always watch what they do with their cornerbacks and how they use their DB's. The technique they use and schemes they use during a game. So I'm familiar with their defense, especially."
Syracuse defensive backs coach Fred Reed has spent time coaching in the NFL. That expertise and experience could go a long way for Amadi.
"That's really important to me," Amadi said. "Because he knows what it takes at both levels. He can teach me more than what I already know, and that's something big I want to have going into the next level."
As his recruitment progresses, the Overton Comp standout knows what he's looking for in a potential landing spot.
"The biggest factor in my decision is going to be education," Amadi said. "Next it's going to be how far it is from my family. I live in Tennessee, so Syracuse isn't real close. But it's only a two hour flight so it's not that bad. It's not that long to get up there, my parents don't care about that. They'll come see me play regardless."
Amadi is looking to make his final decision before his senior season. If that does not happen, he is looking at a December pledge.