The spring game served as a chance for Syracuse to bring in recruits and give them a tour of the campus, the facilities and the program. One of the recruits was Matt Seybert, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end from Saint Francis High School in Traverse City, Mich. The rising-senior said he enjoyed the opportunity to visit the university.
"The visit was awesome, and I loved it," Seybert said. "Pretty much everything—from the coaching staff, to . . . the weight room and the locker room and training room—I loved it all around."
Seybert said that he went to Manley Field House, where he and approximately 25 recruits heard a speech from head coach Scott Shafer. He said the coach talked about attitude, enthusiasm and how Syracuse is on the rise.
He also spoke with tight ends coach Bobby Acosta and said he "felt a really good connection with him right away." Afterward, he went to the Carrier Dome, which he thought was impressive.
"It was much bigger in person than I imagined," Seybert said. "I got excited watching the spring game because even though there wasn't that many people there, it was still kind of loud. I can only imagine what it sounds like when it is full."
He also appreciated some of the new wrinkles that offensive coordinator George McDonald demonstrated during the game, which will be used this upcoming season.
"One of my favorite parts was how much they[Syracuse] incorporated their tight ends," Seybert said. "I also like the no-huddle offense, and I could feel the intensity on the sideline."
Currently, Seybert has no offers, but he has toured Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan, and he will be attending Iowa's spring game Saturday. He also says that Buffalo and Michigan St. are "very interested as well. "
Seybert said that he is not going to pick a school based off of prestige. He wants to find a program that will help him improve all-around, saying that Syracuse seemed like a school invested in the well-being of its athletes.
"I look at how coaches critique their team—like I can tell if a team is more like a family, or if they are just their to play football," Seybert said. "I think the family-sense is more important to me.
"I love the feeling of a family . . . instead of going to a big school and is known well. I like coaches you are going to be there to make you a better person not just on the football field, but in life."