One of the biggest priorities on the Syracuse campus this weekend was three-star Union City (N.J.) High athlete Daiquan Kelly. He went into the visit with an open mind about the Orange, but was able to get a little inside information from one of his coaches that made the trip.
"It was a great visit," Kelly said. "I had fun. I went up with my coach who went to Syracuse (Keeon Walker). So there was a lot to experience. We checked out the experience. It was a big place with nice facilities.
"Coach Walker was saying that from when he was playing to now, it's much better. The stuff that's there now wasn't there when he was playing. He was just giving us notes to take down about what it's like to play there."
Kelly also spent time speaking with a couple of coaches. That was important as it helped him develop the relationship necessary during the recruiting process.
"I spoke to the head coach (Scott Shafer) and I spoke to coach (Bobby) Acosta," Kelly said. "We were just talking about how he was glad that I came up for the spring game. He was happy that I came but that was about it because he had to go to the locker room.
"Coach Acosta hit me up the morning after. He was just saying that he thought I looked good in the Syracuse uniform. That he loved me being down there. It felt great to have him do that."
One of the standouts for Kelly was the spring game. Not only did he liked what they displayed on the field, but he was excited about a comparison the coaches made before hand.
"The game was great," Kelly said. "The players played great. I guess they had a good week of practice and they showed it on the field. They showed a lot. The coaches tell me that I look like number three (Durell Eskridge) but he couldn't play because he was hurt.
"The head coach said it himself that that's who I remind him of. That's pretty cool."
Obviously with those comments from the coaching staff, Syracuse is recruiting Kelly as a safety. The three-star talent prefers to play defense as opposed to offense, despite his abilities as a wide receiver.
In fact, the Orange vaulted to the top of his list after a strong visit.
"It actually boosted them up on my list to number one," Kelly said. "Just the fact that it felt great being there."
Kelly said he has visits planned to Michigan State and UMass before making a decision. A return trip to Syracuse is also a possibility.