You can't teach size, and 2016 Rochester (N.Y.) McQuaid Jesuit offensive tackle Noah DeHond has plenty of that at 6-foot-7, 320-pounds. He visited Syracuse for their spring game over the weekend, his first time on campus despite his close proximity to the program.
"It was good," DeHond said. "My family and I went and it was my first time to the Dome. It was really nice. We got a feel fore the atmosphere and I liked it. I talked to coach Hicks (strength and conditioning) after the game and he said I should come back when it isn't so busy and I could see their campus and their facilities.
"I didn't get to talk to the other coaches very much though. I wanted to but the field was packed and it was hard to find them. I train with Adam Terry, who played there in the early 2000's. He put a call in for me which is how they found out about me."
The sophomore standout liked watching the game inside the Carrier Dome.
"The game was very enjoyable," DeHond said. "I liked coach (Scott) Shafer's pregame speech to the crowd and the enthusiasm about the fans and his pride in the program. It was just a fun game to watch."
DeHond has interest in the Orange, especially because of their proximity. He is hoping to learn more about the program and develop a relationship with the coaching staff.
"I haven't looked into the academic part of it yet," DeHond said. "But I like that it's close to home and a school that plays in a tough conference and competes. I will definitely know more when I go out there again and see how my other visits go."
DeHond will have a busy summer, as he plans to camp at multiple schools. A return trip to down the thruway could also be in the works.
"I don't have any offers yet. I'm visiting Michigan State next weekend and going to their camp on June 1st. I'm going back out to Notre Dame for camp and Ohio State for their's. I'm not quite sure but I would like to stop in Wisconsin and see it also.
I want to try to get out to Syracuse for one of their camps. I'm not sure yet so I'll have to see the dates, but I'm definitely going to look into it."