Luiji Vilain is a top priority for Syracuse in the 2017 class. They have already done extensive work during his recruitment, hosting him on campus multiple times and making an early impression. Friday night, when the Orange faced Louisville, Vilain was back in Central New York to take in the game in person.
"We got there around 5:30pm so we just went straight (to the Carrier Dome)," Vilain said. "I talked to the coaches before and after (the game). I talked to (defensive line) coach (Tim) Daoust. He told me that they really wanted me down here and they have a place for me at 'Cuse."
Vilain and Daoust are developing a good relationship early. That rapport will be a huge factor in Vilain's recruitment down the road.
"I like him a lot," Vilain said. "He's a really good coach. I feel like I would learn a lot from him."
Things did not go as well as Syracuse had hoped on the field Friday night, as they fell to Louisville 28-6. But that does not mean the atmosphere disappointed the talented defensive end. He raved about the noise inside the Dome and added that the lost did not impact his interest.
"It was loud, which I like," Vilain said. "It was a great atmosphere. Their defense played amazing, which is why I didn't really care about the loss. I didn't lose one bit of interest."
It is still very early in Vilain's recruitment, who will no doubt attract more attention when it is all said and done. He already holds several offers, but claims on one is at the top of his current list.
"I have no favorites right now," Vilain said. "But I think Syracuse will be one of my top teams in the end."
Vilain's sophomore season is over as Canadian high school football ends much earlier than in the United States. He was pleased with his personal performance, but disappointed his team lost in the semi-finals in the playoffs. He hopes to take the next step during his junior campaign.