DeHond gets better look at Syracuse

Syracuse is developing an early relationship with 2016 offensive tackle Noah DeHond. He visited the Orange for the second time in the last two months on Saturday, and recaps the trip inside.

Noah DeHond is one of the most talented players in New York in the 2016 class. From nearby Rochester (N.Y.) at McQuaid Jesuit, Syracuse is a school most will expect to be involved.

DeHond visited the Orange for the second time in the last two months on Saturday.

"It was fantastic," DeHond said. "We got there and the whole coaching staff came out. They all introduced themselves and that was really nice. Then some other recruits showed up. Then we took a tour of the whole building, all the facilities, the auditorium and the weight room. After all that was done, I talked with coach (Joe) Adam, the offensive line coach. I talked to him for a solid 20-25 minutes.

"Then I went and talked to (head) coach (Scott) Shafer for about a half hour. We had a great talk. He talked about what their ideas for the program are. He emphasized that the program and coaching is about people. It's not just about football. I really enjoyed it. The coaching staff are all genuine people."

Another part that stood out was speaking with offensive line coach Joe Adam. The two were able to talk football, offensive philosophy and more.

"We talked about just how he holds his offensive line accountable," DeHond said. "What their offense does as far as production wise, the organization of it and where I would fit in on the depth chart. Just the different type of people as far as who they're recruiting."

This visit gave DeHond a better view of Syracuse. It allowed him to see things he wasn't able to the first time around.

"Yeah this visit really helped," DeHond said. "Sitting down and talking with them, it showed me where their priorities are. It's about the kids not just about winning games. It's about the people and the players. Raising them and coaching them to be better people and being active in the community.

"At the spring game, I just watched it. I talked to coach Shafer for a little bit but I didn't get the full experience. This visit definitely changed my perspective."

Overall, the visit improved how DeHond views the Orange.

"I'm definitely interested in them," he said. "This visit definitely helped. They said they want to see how I perform in camp before they offer and see how my knee holds up."

DeHond has visits planned to Boston College, Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State in the upcoming weeks. He will also be back to Syracuse on June 13th for one of their camps.


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