Syracuse will play Notre Dame inside MetLife Stadium Saturday night at 8pm in a nationally televised game on ABC. It is certainly a major opportunity for the Orange to showcase their program and impact potential recruits. Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer recognizes that chance.
”I think it’s a recruiting opportunity,” Shafer said. “It’s an area that we definitely want to continue to upgrade, especially right there in New Jersey and in New York City. I think the kids will be excited to play at MetLife with that environment. An NFL stadium is just a wonderful venue. It will give our Syracuse faithful in the area a chance to come on over to the game.”
Four-star offensive tackle, a member of the 2016 class, Liam Smith will be in attendance as will his Red Bank Catholic teammate and safety prospect Eddie Hahn. Also checking out the game is three-star running back commit Dontae Strickland. More will likely be added to the list as the week goes along.
”I do not know how many recruits are going to make it yet,” Shafer said. “It’s ongoing. We have recruiting phone calls tonight and tomorrow night and we’ll know more then. As far as former players, all of our kids with the Giants and coach Coughlin are all invited over to the game.
”I know coach Coughlin is a busy man. I know Bromley is definitely coming and I’m reaching out to the other boys to see if they can come by and maybe say a few words to the team.”
Syracuse has made a concerted effort to get back into New Jersey this cycle, led by tight ends coach Bobby Acosta. They currently have two players from the state committed and are looking for more this year and next.