Three-star Seffner (Fla.) Armwood High kicker Sterling Hofrichter returned to Central New York to visit Syracuse. It was his second trip up north, but first as a commit. The unofficial visit went very well.
”I got here on Friday,” Hofrichter said. “I met with coach White again and toured the facilities. My dad came up this time and he didn’t come up before. So they showed him around and everything. Then we headed over to the Carrier Dome. I went on the sidelines and met a lot of coaches before the game.
”Coach Gould, coach Lester, coach Daoust and coach Shafer. We hung out on the field for a while and then went up to our seats and watched the game.”
The trip was a positive one for the 5-foot-10 kicker. It made him even more excited about his future in Orange.
”It definitely felt a little bit more like home,” Hofrichter said. “After I watched the game I was really excited to start next year and come up and start playing. It is a little different as a commit but it’s still really cool to see the campus again and see everything I’m going to be a part of in the future.
”I’m very excited. I can’t wait. I hope I get the opportunity. The coaches said they’re ready for me to come up and excited for me to get there. Kicking in the Dome will be really awesome. Being there I just wanted to put on some cleats and start kicking.”
Maybe the most important part of the trip was impressing Mr. Hofricther, who has not previously been to Syracuse University. The good news it, he left with a strong impression.
”My dad really liked it,” Hofrichter said. “He liked all of the coaches. He loved the facilities and everything and what Syracuse has to offer. He really liked it.”
The game day environment impressed the Armwood High standout. While the result was not the desired outcome, the on-field performance did not impact his commitment status or view of the program.
”The atmosphere was very nice,” Hofrichter said. “Up until the fourth quarter when the fans started leaving. But, a lot of people said it was a Friday game so some fans didn’t show up because of it being a Friday game and it was a Jewish holiday. But it definitely was pretty cool at the start. I really liked it.
”The game didn’t change my mind at all about Syracuse. They’re a new school in the ACC and it’ll take a couple years to get used to that top level talent and get some top level talent in the program.”
Hofrichter added he has not heard from any other schools since his commitment.