Pugh eyeing official visits

Kyle Pugh discusses the latest with his recruitment with CuseNation.com inside.

Since visiting Syracuse in June, three-star linebacker Kyle Pugh of Chicago’s Bloom High (Illinois) is taking a break from the recruiting circuit to focus on his upcoming senior season.

“I think I’m done with visits and camps for the summer,” Pugh said. “I think that I am pretty much narrowing it down, and I think I am going to wait until after I go my official visits to make my decision.”

But that doesn’t mean he’s lost contact with Syracuse. After the Orange offered him a scholarship in mid-April, Pugh said that defensive back coach Fred Reed has been in constant contact with him.

“[Our relationship] has grown a lot,” Pugh said. “He checks up on me a lot, and we have a real strong line of communication.

“He’s checks up on me as often as possible, and he even sent my mother a Mother’s Day card.”

Those conversation topics with the Orange range from updating Pugh on how many commitment slots the school has left, talking about his future on the team or checking to make sure he is consistently working out.

Reed even sends him inspirational quotes every once in a while. Pugh’s favorite? “The season is won in the offseason.”

Currently, Pugh says that his favorite schools are Syracuse, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Bowling Green, in no specific order. But he said that he’s ready for official visits so he can finish the process and claim his spot on the roster, wherever he chooses.

In the month since his visit, Syracuse received a commitment from Doyle Grimes, a fellow 2015 linebacker recruit. Though he says that the commitment doesn’t affect his choice at all, he realizes that the Orange’s 2015 class is slowly running out of space.

"[Syracuse] keeps me updated,” Pugh said. “I feel like there is pressure and no pressure. They don't want to pressure me to commit, but they let me know they are filling up.”

For now, Pugh is comfortable with the thought of Syracuse and being farther away from home. Out of the schools he likes, ‘Cuse is the longest trip by far (a 10-hour drive from Chicago Heights). But after having such a successful visit, he thinks that the distance won’t be a problem.

“At first, I was kind of scared to go away from home,” Pugh said. “But after talking to my family, we actually drove out there (to Syracuse), I saw that it was actually doable. They will still be able to make it to my games.

“I am not worried about that anymore. I just want to find the school that is best for me.”

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