Highstown (N.J.) Peddie School defensive tackle David Ryslik only had one offer at the beginning of March. Over the last two months, he has added Cincinnati, Temple, Yale and Syracuse to his list. The Orange were the most recent to extend an offer.
"They started recruiting me at the beginning of last year," Ryslik said. "One of their coaches was recruiting my area but he left and went somewhere else. Then it got quiet for a while. Coach Acosta, he's from my area and recruiting New Jersey for them, he started hitting me up a while ago and saying they were interested in me.
"Then they called and told my coach he was going to keep coming down and visiting me at my school. He said they like me a lot and would talk a lot about Syracuse and what not. He told my coach they were really close to offering me. Five minutes later, he called my coach back and said he just had to check with the coach and then he offered me."
Syracuse was always a school of interest to Ryslik. So when the offer came, it meant a lot to the 6-foot-4 tackle.
"I was happy," Ryslik said. "Just because I really wanted an offer from Syracuse. As bold as that sounds, that's just the way it is. I'm probably going to visit there and everything, but the quicker I have it the better. Syracuse right now is up there towards the top of my list. So I'm excited.
"I wouldn't say it's a local school, but it's close but not too far. I like the ACC conference and I know that Syracuse has always had a good team. And I like coach Acosta a lot."
Tight ends coach Bobby Acosta has already made a big impression on the Peddie School standout. That relationship could be a big factor in his recruitment.
"He's just a really cool guy," Ryslik said. "He used to coach at a school in Jersey. He was recruiting my brother so he knows my brother. He's like a cool dude that knows he's still in touch with his kid side and knows what's going on. He's a humble guy too. I just like him."
Ryslik is not sure of a decision time frame, and says he may want to take official visits before making his final selection. He plans to visit Syracuse sometime in May, and says the Orange will be high on his list regardless of how his recruitment progresses.