Seminole (Fla.) Osceola High linebacker Riley Nicholson is one of the most talented players in the Sunshine State. He has been a popular early target in 2015. Nicholson picked up yet another offer recently, when Syracuse pulled the trigger earlier in the week.
"Yeah they offered me, I want to say on Tuesday," Nicholson said. "I actually talked to linebackers coach (Clark) Lea last Wednesday. We started to form a little bit of a relationship.
"He passed my tape to the defensive coordinator (Chuck Bullough) and he told me to call him on the phone the other day. Coach Lea offered me on the phone."
While surprised that the Orange offered so quickly after contacting him, the three-star prospect was pumped that Syracuse made their interest official.
"I was excited," Nicholson said. "I didn't expect it to be that soon. I was excited to see they offered. It was good for me because they're in the ACC and have a great education system. They have great academics.
"When I get to college, I want to study kinesthesiology. Coach Lea touched on their academics. From what I hear, Syracuse is a very good educational school."
Despite the fact that Nicholson and Clark Lea have only been in contact for about a week, the two have started to bond. Nicholson already thinks very highly of Syracuse's linebackers coach.
"My first impression of him was that he was actually a really good guy," Nicholson said. "He's a guy that's really easy to talk to which is what I really like in a coach. He just seems like a really cool guy."
It is still very early in Nicholson's recruitment. Yet, the Orange are already high on his list.
"At the moment, it's probably in my top five," Nicholson said. "They're definitely one of my top five schools. I want to visit and just eventually see where that goes. I want to get out there before the summer time."