The top quarterback on Syracuse's board appears to be Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney Regional three-star Anthony Brown. Syracuse was the first power five school to offer the athletic quarterback, and have been in constant communication ever since. He took his first visit to the campus on Sunday to check out practice and tour the facilities.
"I got there early around 10 (in the morning)," Brown said. "I watched the football practice, which was nice. And I got a tour of the football facilities. That was also nice."
Practice was held inside the Ensley Athletic Center, where Brown got to check out Syracuse football's new gem. Beyond that, he toured the weight room, team meeting room, player lounges and other aspects of the football program. All of it showed Brown what life is like as a Syracuse football player.
During practice, Brown focused on the quarterbacks. As he watched, he seemed to be familiar with the offensive system Syracuse was running.
"I like the way they use their quarterbacks," Brown said. "They run a similar offense to my school so I saw a lot of similar things."
Brown also spent time talking to signee Dontae Strickland. Strickland helped try to recruit Brown in order to make the Orange stand out even more. Brown said that Strickland told him how much he loved Syracuse and that Brown would love it there as well.
After practice and checking out the facilities, Brown spoke with quarterbacks coach/offensive coordinator Tim Lester as well as his primary recruiter, Bobby Acosta. Coach Lester told Brown that he was the top quarterback on their board and reiterated their high interest in his abilities.
"We talked about the practice and how I fit into their offense," he said. "And how they would love to have me. I like them both. We have good relationships."
Brown is good friends with fellow Syracuse recruit Tyler Thompson. Thompson says the two spoke about the possibility of playing together on The Hill. The two have been playing with or against each other since sixth grade.
Overall it was a good visit for Brown as Syracuse continues to make him a priority.
"I like Syracuse a little more than before, now that I got to meet the coaches and see what Syracuse was about," Brown said.
Brown said he has no favorites, but maintains he has strong interest in the Orange. He will next visit Northwestern on March 7th.