Syracuse has spent a large portion of the spring evaluation period in Florida checking out prospects. Recently, they extended an offer to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons safety C.J. Maybin. The offer was his first.
"I was happy," Maybin said. "I was excited and really happy. I was in tears. My lifelong dream was to go to college and play football. Syracuse is the first to give me that opportunity. My mother was screaming."
The 6-foot-4 safety is still learning about the Orange. But offensive coordinator George McDonald has made an impression.
"I don't know much," Maybin said. "I'm hoping to learn more. I like coach McDonald. He's nice."
Early playing time could be a factor for Maybin, and he believes that opportunity is there in Syracuse.
"I looked at their roster," Maybin said. "I believe they're going to be open. There's going to be a spot open there. So I want to get up there, learn the program and all the plays quickly."
A visit will be key for Maybin, as Syracuse looks stay high on his list. He hopes that trip will come soon.
"I'm trying to get up there this summer," Maybin said. "I want to look at the coaching staff and see how they get along with the players. How the environment feels. Just the overall vibe of the campus."
While the Cardinal Gibbons standout has a lot of interest in Syracuse, he is not going to rush to a decision after picking up just his first offer.
"I want to wait until I see all of the offers I have in front of me first," Maybin said. "I will make my decision from there. But Syracuse, they were the first to offer me. It has them a little bit higher because I may want to play for them someday, maybe."