The best part of the trip, according to the three star safety, was spending time with current members of the team.
”We got to chill with the players,” Stocker said. “That was a big thing for the visit. It was fun. I was hanging out with the starting corner, Brandon Reddish. We chilled. We had some stuff to eat. We basically just chilled and had fun. He said the atmosphere is just crazy during the games and everything. He said it’s a good school to play at.”
Another highlight was checking out the facilities. Stocker toured the weight room, meeting rooms, player lounge, and of course, the new indoor practice facility.
”That was great,” Stocker said. “The new indoor facility is real nice. That is a plus because it gets cold up there. You’ll always have somewhere to practice and everything. It’s open 24-hours a day, so that’s a plus.
”It’s perfect for me because I’ll have a random knack to go workout or something. In the middle of the night probably. So now I could just go with the indoor facility. So it’s a plus.”
Stocker sat down and spoke with the Syracuse coaches, who reiterated their strong interest 6-foot-2 defensive back.
”They see me fitting in as a safety basically,” Stocker said. “Just a good part of the defense, coming downhill and making plays and everything. They said they want me a lot. They want me and Amir (Ealey), we’re their number one priority.”
After speaking with head coach Scott Shafer, defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough and defensive backs coach Fred Reed among others, Stocker left with a favorable impression of the Orange coaching staff.
”I like the coaches,” he said. “They’re real big on family. They stick together. It was really good. I liked them.”
On Saturday, Stocker and the rest of the recruits checked out the Orange basketball game. Seeing the Dome loud and rocking with a rabid fan base was appealing to the Coatesville High standout.
”The Dome was crazy,” Stocker said. “With the buildup and noise and everything, it was nice.”
Syracuse has been high on Stocker’s list for some time, and the visit did nothing to change that. He is not quite ready to make a decision, but the Orange remain a strong contender.
”I still have to go on more visits,” Stocker said. “They’re definitely in high consideration.”
Stocker added that the only other official visit he currently has scheduled is Pittsburgh.