Cranford (N.J.) Senior High offensive guard Will Fries is one of Syracuse’s top targets in the 2016 class. Assistant coach Bobby Acosta has already been working hard on Fries, developing an early relationship. While Acosta has keep in contact via social media and other methods, he also took a trip to his school on Thursday.
”Yes he stopped by,” Fries said. “I've talked to him quite a bit. He is always telling me about Syracuse and the new facilities. The Dome that they play in is a really exciting atmosphere to play in. He tells me about coach Adam the offensive line coach. We really had a great talk.”
Having coach Acosta take time out of a bye week in the middle of a season and visit Fries had a big impact.
”I definitely really appreciate him doing that,” Fries said. “It means a lot to me to have him come out. I’m definitely very interested in Syracuse. I want to get down there for a visit. I’m very happy he came down to visit me.”
There is no visit scheduled as of now, but Fries is eyeing a trip during the spring where he can watch the Orange practice. It will also give him his first view of the campus in person.
Still early in his recruitment, Fries does not have any favorites. But the Orange are very much in the mix.
”It’s too early to say if I have any favorites,” Fries said. “I’m looking at everyone that’s offered. Everyone is pretty much in the running. Syracuse is definitely a school I’m interested in though.”
One primary reason is his relationship with coach Acosta. That relationship, which continues to develop, is a reason why the Orange should be involved with Fries until the end.
”I feel that specifically with coach Acosta, we have a great relationship right now,” Fries said. “He’s a great guy. I talk to him frequently. I also have a good relationship with coach Joe Adam, the offensive line coach.”