Syracuse moves up for Ealey after visit

Three star tight end/defensive end breaks down Orange official.

A pair of Coatesville (Pa.) High teammates visited Syracuse over the weekend in three star safety Jazzee Stocker and three star defensive end/tight end Amir Ealey. Ealey, who Syracuse likes on the defensive side of the ball, raved about his experience in Central New York.

”The Syracuse visit went real well,” Ealey said. “My favorite part of the trip was chilling with coach Shafer and hearing stories about when he was in high school. He told me about when he used to play. The whole visit was lovely.”

While checking out the weight room, indoor practice facility and other facilities were impressive, Ealey was focused more on the academic side of things.

”The facilities are real nice,” Ealey said. “Syracuse was a little smaller than I thought it would be. I thought it would be bigger. It’s not a bad thing, but Syracuse is one of the top academic institutions. Size doesn’t really matter as long as the academics are in order. The academic aspect of it was great.

”I got to sit down and talk to an academic advisor. I want to own my own private practice, so we talked about internships and things like that. We talked about getting my MBS and going to school for six years.”

On Saturday, Ealey and the other recruits went to the Carrier Dome to take in a men’s basketball game. Ealey was impressed by the noise, the game day atmosphere and the students.

”The school spirit is great,” Ealey said. “They have real nice school spirit. The student section was real loud.”

During the visit, the two-way athlete spent time with several Syracuse players. They gave him some insight into the Orange program that stuck with him after the trip.

”I hung out with Zaire Franklin and Eric Crume,” Ealey said. “Also the corner. His nickname was Bam (Brandon Reddish). They told me that the defensive coordinator (Chuck Bullough) is one of the best coaches to play for.

”They said his aggressiveness and how much he loves the sport is amazing. He’s someone you want to go play for every day and every snap.”

Ealey and Stocker came away impressed by what Syracuse has to offer. In Ealey’s case specifically, the Orange made a move in his recruitment.

”We talked about it a lot this weekend,” Ealey said. “It’s a possibility in the future. After this weekend, doors are opening up. Syracuse moved up on my list. They’re high on my list right now. After this weekend, seeing how the coaches really are and how the players respond to them.”

Ealey has visits coming up to Maryland, Pittsburgh and UCF. He has one more yet to be scheduled. His decision will come after all five official visits are completed.


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