Syracuse may still be looking to add quality depth to its offensive line haul in the 2015 class despite having five players already committed. One target who visited over the weekend is Miami commit Tyree St. Louis from IMG Academy in Florida.
”Everyone has a picture in their mind of how something is,” St. Louis said. “But you don’t know until you’re there. You get to see how people really are, how they act together and how they work together. I was never able to see that before. All I knew about Syracuse was from pictures. Coach Adam came down to see me and then talking to Donnie (Foster) were really the only things I knew. So it was good to be able to see how everything was.”
Outside of checking out Syracuse in person, another reason for the visit was to spend time with former high school teammate Donnie Foster.
”I spent it with my old teammate,” St. Louis said. “Donnie’s been telling me about Syracuse for a while. He’s telling me that everything’s good about it. It’s a great place and a great atmosphere. He loves it up there.”
Foster and St. Louis were roommates at IMG Academy and grew to develop a close friendship. That relationship was on full display during the visit.
”We’re real close,” St. Louis said. “The entire time we were there, everyone knew exactly who we were because we were always together. We were always making fun of each other like old times.”
One part of the trip that stood out was the basketball game between Syracuse and St. John’s. The three-star offensive tackle was impressed by the Carrier Dome.
”That was crazy,” St. Louis said. “That was a great atmosphere. Syracuse has a great fan base and a great family feel.”
St. Louis has been to several elite football programs in the south and seen some great facilities. Even with that, he left his official visit impressed by what Syracuse has put together within its program.
”All of that is top-notch,” St. Louis said. “That’s some of the best you’re going to get. I think Syracuse did what they needed when it comes to the facilities. When it comes to the program, they have the best weight room, the best meeting room, the best everything.”
Another highlight of the visit was sitting down with Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer.
”I like coach Shafer,” St. Louis said. “He’s one of the most hardnosed football coaches out there. He’ll love you though. He’ll tell you everything you did right and everything you did wrong. He only wants to get the best out of you.”
It is always difficult for a northern program to flip a player from Florida committed to one of the big three in the state. But the Orange did all they could on the visit.
”I would say they have a shot,” St. Louis said. “It lets me know that, if something were to happen with Miami, Syracuse would be a good place to end up given everything I’ve seen.”
Tyree added that he is still fully committed to Miami at this time.