Recruits React to MetLife Game

Several Syracuse recruits were in attendance at Saturday night's game at MetLife Stadium. They give their thoughts on the Orange performance, their uniforms and how it impacted their interest inside.

Syracuse faced Notre Dame in MetLife Stadium Saturday night in a great opportunity to showcase the football program. There were more than a dozen recruits in attendance watching the Orange under the bright lights of the big primetime stage.

The response from those in attendance was extremely positive, even if Syracuse ended up on the losing end of the game.

2015 3-star DE Qaadir Sheppard: “I thought it was a good game, but the Cuse offense struggled a bit. The uniforms were sick. It made my interest a little higher because the atmosphere was crazy and over 76,000 people showed up. I will probably visit afer my season for an official.”

2015 WR Joshua Allen: “It was great. I loved the atmosphere at MetLife. Loved it. It had a big impact on my interest in Syracuse. Especially when they brought out the grey uniforms.”

2015 3-star OT commit Colin Byrne: “It was a great environment and the amount of fans that traveled over 200 miles to get to MetLife shows they are true loving fans. They’re on the rise and can’t wait to get up there in 2015! Can’t wait to call it home! The uniforms were awesome. So many different combos.”

2015 3-star Wisconsin commit DE Jake Pickard: "I was really impressed with their offense and defensive play. Besides a few missed assignments, they played great."

2016 OT Noah DeHond: “They played a tough opponent and they played pretty well. It was cool to see them play on such a big stage. As for my interest, it really hasn’t changed. I’m definitely still interested in them.”

2016 4-star OT Liam Smith: “It was awesome to see. Huge crowd and a ton of excitement there. I had a lot of fun. I thought they were well coached and played extremely hard. They proved that they were competitive. It assured me that they were a competitive program.”

A rousing success for the Orange despite the loss. Syracuse coaches were not allowed to speak with the recruits, but the environment made a big impression on some priority targets.

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