Cheshire (Conn.) Academy wide receiver Tarik Black was offered very early by Syracuse as a class of 2017 prospect. It was his first offer, followed the next day by Temple. The Orange moved quickly to get Black on campus, which happened over the weekend.
"They showed me around the campus," Black said. "They showed me the dorms the football players stay in and all the facilities. They showed me all around the campus. I thought it was really nice. I like how everything was not that far away from each other.
"The coaches are really nice and really down to earth. I respect them a lot. Even more now that I got to meet them and spend some time with them."
Black was able to interact with several coaches.
"I spent the most time with the recruiting coordinator (Eric White)," he said. "I spent some time with the defensive coordinator, coach (Chuck) Bullough. I also talked to coach (Scott) Shafer the head coach and coach (Bobby) Acosta, the tight-ends and wide receivers coach."
Sitting down with coach Acosta helped the 6-foot-3 receiver see how he would be successful within the Syracuse offense.
"We just went over the offensive stuff," Black said. "The offense that they run. Just a bunch of formations and plays that they run. They want me at the X or at the Z, the outside receivers. I think I would fit in well. They like to put the ball in receivers hands a lot and let them make plays. They run the spread too."
Then it came time to talk to head coach Scott Shafer. That meeting went very well.
"He was talking about the family aspect of Syracuse," Black said. "He said he wants to get me in the class of 2017. He was talking to me and my friend C.J. Holmes (who also visited). He's hoping to get us there in the next few years. He wants us to commit but we can't do that now.
"He was talking about family most of the time. I really liked him because I'm into the family part a lot just like him. He's down to earth. I really, really liked him."
While it was his first trip, it was a good one. Black likes Syracuse but is still taking the process slow this early in the 2017 cycle.
"It made my interest level go up," Black said. "I'm still open to all schools. This was my first visit so I don't know how other schools are going to be. It was a great experience. It was positive but I'm still open."
Black added he and his family have been invited by Syracuse to attend their game against Notre Dame in MetLife Stadium. He says as of now they plan to attend.