Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle Liam Smith is one of the most talented players in New Jersey in the 2016 class. Syracuse, picking up on their efforts in the state in the 2015 cycle, are pursuing the four-star talent with a recent offer.
”I was on a phone call with coach Acosta,” Smith said. “He told me that they were going to offer me a full scholarship to Syracuse. He’s the recruiting guy for New Jersey and I met him before when he came by the school. My coach called him and we had a nice talk.
”I was really excited. I think very highly of the school. It’s pretty local in New York. It’s a great program, so I was definitely excited by it.”
Still early in his recruitment, the 6-foot-5 Smith is already impressed with Syracuse assistant Bobby Acosta.
”I like him a lot,” Smith said. “He’s a New Jersey guy who loves New Jersey high school football and gets it. He’s a cool guy. He’s a guy that you can have a good relationship with. He’s a guy you can trust. It’s cool to be recruited by him.”
Another attractive element of the Orange is their recent recruiting efforts in the Garden State with two of the most talented players this cycle already committed.
”It definitely has an impact,” Smith said. “If there are a lot of kids where you’re from in a program, it’s definitely an important thing because you feel at home there. The more New Jersey kids that go there, the more I’ll feel comfortable I think.”
The four-star tackle was excited to add Syracuse to his offer list. While there are no early favorites, he things very highly of the Orange.
”I’m very interested,” Smith said. “I don’t have any kind of list or anything but I’ll be looking at every school that offers me. They’re definitely going to be up there. I’m going to take a trip this summer sometime and see a game there this season.
”I’m going to go once this summer and then to the MetLife game since it’s only 40-minutes away.”