Madden 'ecstatic' about 'Cuse offer

Syracuse wants to become a bigger player in New Jersey. On Sunday, they offered two of the top players in the state, including three-star offensive tackle Sam Madden.

When Syracuse hired tight ends coach Bobby Acosta, the hope was that he would help the Orange become players in New Jersey on the recruiting trail.

Syracuse offered two of the state's top prospects over the weekend, one of which was Barnegat (N.J.) High offensive tackle Sam Madden.

"Yes they did," Madden said. "It was pretty cool. My coach texted me to say Syracuse had offered. So it was pretty cool."

As an offensive lineman, Madden's first reaction to Syracuse was their tradition at running back.

"I was pretty ecstatic," Madden said. "You know Syracuse has that running back, I forget his name. He was a really good running back that went there. Ernie Davis. It would be pretty cool to block for runners at a school like that."

The 6-foot-7 tackle said Syracuse coaches visited him last year, but that he had not heard from them since until the offer came out on Sunday.

"This was the first I had heard from them," Madden said. "They came in about a year ago to see me. They said they were interested and that was pretty cool. Then they offered and that was even cooler."

Still early in the process, Madden is going to give Syracuse a serious look. He has to do some research on the program and start to develop relationships with the coaching staff.

"Yeah absolutely," Madden said. "Every school that offers I take into consideration. When I start making top-10 lists, top-5, top-3. I'll do my research on the coaches and the education just like everyone."

Madden is still in the process of figuring his visit schedule, but Syracuse is one of the schools on his list to consider seeing in person. He hopes to have that figured out over the next few weeks.

Even with visits during the spring and summer, don't expect an early decision from the three-star prospect.

"Definitely at least three-quarters of the way through the season," Madden said. "At this point, some of the schools are too far away to drive so I want to take my official visits to really get to know the place."

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