Syracuse making a push for Pickard

Jake Pickard is one of the most talented players in New Jersey. Syracuse is trying to re-establish themselves in the Garden State, and is pursuing the three-star prospect. Pickard discusses where the Orange stand inside.

Jake Pickard has had a busy spring. The 6-foot-6 tight end/defensive end from Millburn (N.J.) has visited Virginia, Rutgers and Boston College in April. All three schools have offered the 2015 recruit a scholarship.

Interest in Pickard, a three-star recruit, continues to grow. He's gotten an offer from Nebraska and Louisville recently. Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee have also shown interest.

Syracuse offered to Pickard last month, and recently checked-in with the rising senior. Tight end coach Bobby Acosta dropped by for a visit last week, which allowed Pickard to learn more about the program.

"It was very good, because I got to learn more about the ‘Cuse offense and defense," Pickard said. "I also got to learn about the campus.

"I really like coach Acosta a lot, and I have been talking to him a lot recently."

He said that all the interest in him is exciting, but it can be overwhelming at times.

"I think it just gives a great opportunity to have a lot of great choices of different and great educations and programs," Pickard said. "It has definitely made it a lot more hectic than it had been.

"But I think that I am handling it well."

Education is a huge selling point for Pickard. He is interested in studying business, particularly marketing, during undergrad. He said that his top three components of his decision are education, program prestige and proximity to home, in that order.

So the fact the Whitman School of Management, which is the 55th-ranked business school in the country according to Bloomberg Businessweek, helps Syracuse chances.

Pickard expects to make his decision by the end of the summer and, as of right now, he has no favorite. He said that Syracuse has a good chance based off school's total package.

He plans to visit Syracuse sometime in the summer, and is excited about the trip. He is being recruited by the Orange to play defensive end, but "there is a high chance I could play tight end."

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