Syracuse visit has impact on Parkinson

Syracuse hosted in-state athlete Alex Parkinson on Sunday, shortly after extending an offer. The Empire State talent discusses the visit and its impact inside.

Mamaroneck (N.Y.) High tight end Alex Parkinson was offered by Syracuse earlier this month. Shortly thereafter, he scheduled a visit to check out the big in-state school in person.

While on campus, he got to see everything the school has to offer both athletically and academically.

"When I arrived on campus, I met up with the coaches," Parkinson said. "I took a tour of the facilities and the Dome. It was awesome. The thing that stood out the most was probably when we walked out onto the field at the Carrier Dome.

"Academically, we talked about the business program as well as the communications program. We talked about the strong alumni network of the university. It was very intriguing because those were two of the programs that I might be interested in studying."

Another key part of the trip was spending time with the Orange coaching staff. Specifically his potential future position coach, Bobby Acosta.

"It was nice to finally meet coach Acosta in person," Parkinson said. "They were all awesome guys. I'd say it helped our relationship."

The visit had a big impact on the Mamaroneck High standout. While he did not pull the trigger due to it being early in the process, the thought crossed his mind which can only be good for Syracuse going forward.

"It definitely made my interest stronger after my visit," Parkinson said. "Committing definitely did cross my mind. It's too early for me to commit to anything though."

Parkinson added he does not have a time frame for his decision at this time.

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