Wiley takes in Syracuse

Three-star linebacker Drew Wiley took the trip to Central New York in order to check out the Syracuse football program in person. He recaps the visit with CuseNation.com inside.

Pennington (N.J.) Hopewell Valley Central linebacker Drew Wiley took his first trip to Syracuse on Sunday. Despite only being on campus for a few hours, he was able to see a lot about the program.

"When I got there, I met the coaches," Wiley said. "Coach (Bobby) Acosta welcomed us. Then we watched this little presentation video and got a tour of the weight room. Then I talked to coach (Chuck) Bullough for a little bit and sat down with coach (Clark) Lea for a little bit.

"Then they toured the campus with us and we got to check out the Carrier Dome. We checked out the dorms that the football players are living in and then we came back and watched practice."

Despite checking out several things during the trip, there was one part that stood out and made a big impression on the three-star linebacker.

In the Carrier Dome with Siriki Diabate, picture provided by Drew Wiley

"What stood out to me the most was visiting the Carrier Dome," Wiley said. "I didn't realize how big it was until I was actually in there. I could definitely see myself playing there. It was awesome."

Practice also stood out to the 6-foot-2 prospect. Not only because of the team's performance, but because of a few conversations he had while he observed the Orange.

"I liked how upbeat it was and quick paced," Wiley said. "How they got stuff done and really hit a lot. On the sideline, some of the players that were injured talked to me. They were just talking about the school and how great the coaching staff is. And that I'll like it there.

"It feels good because they know what they're talking about. They've been there for four years. I talked to the senior linebacker (Dyshawn Davis) the most. He was telling how great of a place it was and I believed him. It looks and it feels like a great place to be."

After practice, Wiley spent some time with linebackers coach Clark Lea.

"I had a sit down with coach Lea," Wiley said. "Coach Lea just talked about the recruiting process and how it's a long process and to be patient. But he said they liked my film and were very impressed. He said it was good to be patient in the recruiting situation.

"It really said to me that I need to do well in their camp for them to offer me."

Overall, Wiley had a great visit and really got to experience what Syracuse football is all about.

"I really, really enjoyed the trip," Wiley said. "It was great and the coaching staff welcomed me in with open arms. Everyone was nice and I believe they were honest with their opinions towards me.

"I really appreciated that. It was a great experience and I really like Syracuse."

Wiley has committed to coming back to Central New York over the summer for one of Syracuse's camps. He is confident he can earn an offer with a strong performance.

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