The first player to commit to Syracuse as part of their 2015 class was Locust Valley (N.Y.) Friendship Academy running back Tyrone Perkins. The now three-star running back took an official visit to his future home over the weekend and says he had a great time.
"The visit was really good," Perkins said. "We toured around a little, went to the mall. The best thing by far was hanging out with the players."
Perkins spent the majority of his time with his player host, but also hung out with several other players. It was the best part of the trip for the talented back.
"My host was Omari Palmer," Perkins said. "So I was with him most of the time, but I also spent a good amount of time with Terrel Hunt, Ervin Philips and a bunch of other guys. The thing that made it so good was that the second they met me it was an immediate brotherhood."
All of the recruits on campus spent time touring Syracuse's facilities and other amenities. The prize, of course, being the new indoor practice facility.
"The facilities are just great," Perkins said. "And that indoor is hot. It's the nicest thing I've seen yet."
Another big highlight was speaking to the Syracuse coaches. It was a chance to continue the bond with his future staff.
"I talked to every single coach," Perkins said. "I mainly talked to (running backs) coach (DeAndre) Smith and (offensive coordinator) Tim Lester. And we talked about the team and my future role on the team. Goals that they want to accomplish and how the only way it can happen is if we all work together and just make each other better everyday."
Perkins added about when he will arrive on campus. He will defer his enrollment until January 2016 in order to make sure his senior season ending knee injury fully heals, similar to fellow Syracuse commit Brandon Ginnetti. That opens another scholarship for the 2015 class. He spoke about that, among other things, with head coach Scott Shafer.
"Yeah we talked," Perkins said. "We mainly talked about my rehab and what I'm going to do about the first semester next year. Because I'm deferring my enrollment so I can finish up rehab and come in next January 120%."
Perkins added that the official visit further solidified that he made the right decision by committing to the Orange.
UPDATE: Perkins has since switched his enrollment back to the summer of 2015.