Over the weekend, Syracuse had several recruiting camps. During one of them, several talented Canadian prospects took the short trip down south of the border to show their talents to the Orange coaches.
One of them was 2016 defensive back Patrice Rene. He did not need to participate as he was offered during last summer's camps.
"The camp was great," Rene said. "I didn't work out though. I was watching my teammates compete and was hanging with all the coaches. I was really able to continue building on that relationship that I already have with the SU coaching staff.
"I also had some good talks with coach Shafer on the field and in his office. All in all, it was a great visit for me."
Relationships will be key for Rene, who will end up as one of the most talented players at his position in his class. He and Syracuse had coach Scott Shafer are continuing to build on the solid foundation they already have in place.
"Coach Shafer and I talked about a lot of things," Rene said. "We talked a bit about football but mostly about life. He gave me some great advice about the recruiting process. We got to know more of each other's backgrounds.
"It was nice having the chance to talk to him and know that it's more than just football at Syracuse."
During the camp, one of Rene's friends was offered. That was 2017 defensive end Luiji Vilain. When Vilain picked up the offer, it definitely caught Rene's attention.
"I was really excited about that," he said. "We all want to go to the same school and for him to also have that SU offer is great."
While Rene remains very interested in Syracuse, his recruitment has taken a big step forward. He has added offers from Rutgers and Ohio State, with many more likely to pour in. Michigan is showing a lot of interest as well. Despite that extra attention, he insists the Orange will be right there throughout the process.
"At this point, I wouldn't say they are my number one," Rene said. "But Syracuse will definitely by in the mix once decision time comes. I currently don't have a number one. I respect all of my offers.
"They are all great schools. I could see myself going to all of them. I believe that it's too early to have a favorite or number one school. I think that through time, some schools will stand out and some won't."