Pugh loves 'home feeling' at Syracuse

Syracuse hosted one of their top linebacker targets on Thursday in three-star Kyle Pugh. He recaps his trip and its impact on his recruitment inside.

Chicago Heights (Ill.) Bloom High linebacker Kyle Pugh is one of the top linebackers on Syracuse's board in the 2015 class. He visited the campus for the first time on Thursday, was impressed by what he saw.

"The visit went well," Pugh said. "It's very family based and has a home feeling to it. My favorite part was having chalk talk with (linebackers) coach (Clark) Lea. Coach Lea really challenges his linebackers mentally. He has a different way of teaching his schemes.

"The facilities were great. I got to see the Carmelo Anthony Center and the stadium (Carrier Dome). I saw the plans for the new indoor practice facility. It's only going to add to the great campus."

Another highlight of the trip was sitting down with Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer. The two spoke at length about the Orange's interest in the three-star backer, the direction of the program and other topics.

That conversation gave Pugh some insight into the type of person leading the Syracuse program.

"Coach Shafer is a great guy," Pugh said. "He's real passionate about his recruits. We talked for a while."

Overall, the visit increased the 6-foot-1 linebacker's interest in Syracuse.

As of right now, Syracuse is definitely one of my top schools," Pugh said. "I did not consider committing because I want to sit down and talk to my family and advisors before making that decision.

"I can definitely see myself playing for ‘Cuse. It's a good program and they love Chicago-land kids."

Pugh added that having Chicago area kids on the roster, coming into the program this year and committed as part of the 2015 class helps his comfort level with the Orange.

He and defensive tackle Jamal Milan, a fellow Chicago prospect who was also on campus, hung out a little on the visit. Pugh said he plans to get in touch with Milan soon to discuss the trip and where Syracuse stands.

As far as when a decision could be coming for the 53rd best outside linebacker in his class, Pugh admitted it could come within the next week or so but nothing is definitive.


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