Missouri is not a normal recruiting pipeline for Syracuse, but they did land one prospect from the Show Me State in the 2013 class (Corey Winfield). In this cycle, they have looked there again. This time, for three-star Webb City High offensive tackle Dalton Ford.
"Probably last week, I had a Syracuse coach, Eric White, follow me on Twitter," Ford said. "He sent me a message and then I had Cole Dial send me a message on Facebook. They both just said that they love my style of play and they'd love me up there. My high school coach told me he just got off the phone with Syracuse and they seemed very interested. He did not say anything about an offer, he just mentioned that.
"Then Eric White told me to call DeAndre Smith, the running backs coach who would be the one coming to my school. We talked for probably 10 or 15 minutes and he said they wanted to offer me. That they really liked my style of play and just had some basic offer questions. That's how it all went down."
The proximity of Syracuse to the 6-foot-5 tackle was the most surprising part. He never expected to be noticed by a program so far away.
"It's crazy and humbling," Ford said. "That a school from that far away thinks so highly of me and knows about me it's really humbling."
The distance, though, can create a bit of a challenge as far as visiting the Orange. That said, he is gong to try to make the trip over the summer.
"Right now, I don't have a set time or a set date," Ford said. "I will try to get out there. I do have a couple other schools I'm going to visit or camp (Illinois, Purdue, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State). It'll be tough because of how far away it is out there and getting tickets for planes and stuff. But I'm really going to try to get out there.
"I'm definitely going to pay attention to the facilities and the campus. That's a big part of my decision on where I go to college. I have to fall in love with the campus. Just picture myself being there every day working out and getting better. Another big, big part is if the staff is loyal. Are they going to be there in four or five years while I'm on campus."
Ford is looking to decide at the conclusion of his senior season after his is able to take official visits.