Stocker impressed by Syracuse

Syracuse hosted several recruits on Sunday for unofficial visits. One of those was three-star safety Jazzee Stocker, who recaps the visit with CuseNation.com inside.

Coatesville (Penn.) High safety Jazzee Stocker is one of the most talented players in the Keystone State. He is also high on the wish list for Syracuse, who recruited Pennsylvania well last recruiting cycle.

On Sunday, Stocker checked out the Orange in person for the first time.

"It was real nice," he said. "They treated me well. It was really cool. I liked the facilities and everything. It was just real nice. My favorite part was checking out where they live and stuff.

"I talked to a few of the players (Durell Eskridge) about it and they said it was real nice. I also liked their business school."

Another highlight of the visit was catching practice, specifically keeping an eye on his position group.

"Yeah I checked out practice," Stocker said. "I really liked the tempo and everything. It was real fast paced and it looked like everybody knew what they were doing. I really liked the way they were all together when they were practicing and stuff.

"I was over there with the defensive backs. I liked the seniors. There were two seniors there (Darius Kelly and Ritchy Desir). They were the starters and everything and really knew their jobs. They really stood out to me."

Outside of checking out the campus, facilities and practice, an important part of the trip was spending time with the Syracuse coaches in order to further develop their relationship.

"I talked to the defensive backs coach (Fred Reed) and the defensive coordinator (Chuck Bullough)," Stocker said. "Coach Reed and I talked about the offense and how they run things and how to defend it. We were just talking about football and everything. I liked him.

"With coach Bullough, we were talking about formations and everything. It was cool."


Picture provided by Jazzee Stocker

Then, after practice, Stocker spoke with Syracuse's head coach, Scott Shafer.

"I talked to coach Shafer as well," Stocker said. "I talked to him after practice. He's real down to earth and real cool. He interacts with everyone real well. He's a real cool guy."

Each of the coaches indicated the same thing to the 6-foot-1 safety. That he is a big priority for them in 2015.

"They told me I'm one of their top priorities," Stocker said. "They said they're going to recruit me as hard as they can and they're going to keep on recruiting me. It made me feel good. I mean they're a big school and an ACC school. They're a good school and everything so I'm definitely still interested."

Overall, the visit went very well for Stocker. It is still early in the process, however, and he claims everyone is still on equal ground.

"It definitely gave me a better perspective on how the school is and everything because of the visit," Stocker said. "Once I go on more visits, I'll be able to know more about what the school is out of my offers and stuff. I still don't have any favorites."

The three star safety said that won't be the last time he checks out Syracuse. In fact, he could visit again as early as this summer.

"Yeah definitely," Stocker said. "I definitely want to get back up there."


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