Oakhurst (N.J.) Ocean Township running back Tyler Thompson has been recruited by Syracuse for a long time. On Sunday, he was able to get to campus to watch a practice and see the program in person for the first time.
”When we first got there, we were watching practice,” Thompson said. “Watching them go through all of the plays, live kind of. Then we walked in and they showed us highlights. We got to see the weight room and a lot of the facilities.
”At the end, me and Anthony Brown, the quarterback, we talked to coach Acosta and to the quarterbacks coach for a little while.”
The new indoor practice facility, weight room and other facilities had a big impression on the 5-foot-11 running back, as did the practice.
”I liked it a lot,” Thompson said. “I could definitely see myself playing there. I like the way they run the ball a fair amount and pass a lot. I really like how they do that and I really liked the energy of the coaching staff at practice.
”I liked the way they had practice set up with the running backs and wide receivers. It all came together and they were drilling against each other. It was real intense and the players were going real hard. I liked it a lot.”
During the trip, two Syracuse signees from New Jersey, Dontae Strickland and Jake Pickard, showed Thompson and the other recruits around. He said it was nice to speak with them about why they chose the Orange.
Thompson also added that he and quarterback target Anthony Brown discussed the possibility of playing together at Syracuse.
After watching practice and checking out the facilities, Thompson spoke with a few of the Syracuse coaches. First up was wide receivers coach and New Jersey recruiter Bobby Acosta.
”He was saying that he’s trying to get the shore and Jersey players back to Syracuse,” Thompson said. “He was saying that he would love for us to come up for the spring game and come up more often. I’m definitely coming for the spring game.”
After speaking with coach Acosta, he and Brown spent some time with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Lester.
”He was telling (Anthony) that he was his number one quarterback and he would like to have me as an h-back I believe,” Thompson said. “The h-back and a running back and how he could see me doing both. But he was mostly talking to (Anthony) about how he liked that he could run and that kind of stuff.”
The visit went very well for the three-star running back. In fact, he put the orange on top after the trip.
”As of right now, Syracuse is definitely my number one,” Thompson said. “I like them a lot and when I hurt my leg, coach Acosta kept contacting my mom and checking up on my regularly. He’s been there the whole time through the injury and everything.”
Other than a return trip to Syracuse for the spring game in April, Thompson said he has no other immediate visit plans other than a potential trip to Old Dominion though no date has been set.