One of Syracuse’s top targets in the 2016 class is Cranford (N.J.) Senior High offensive lineman Will Fries. The three-star prospect already has offers from Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Miami, NC State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and several others. Even with a growing list, the Orange continues to be of high interest.
He visited Central New York on Sunday to see the program in person for the first time.
”I got there around 10:30,” Fries said. “They started practice and I got to watch that. I talked to some of the other guys that were there like Jake Pickard. Then I got to talk to coach Shafer and coach Adam after practice. Then I got a tour of all of the facilities. Then I sat down with coach Adam for a really long time. It was a really good time.
”The indoor facility was really nice. The practice field was new and the weight room was nice. I thought practice was great and really intense. Everyone was working hard.”
The conversation with offensive line coach Joe Adam was one of the highlights of the trip. The two have communicated through social media, but this was the first time they were able to speak extensively.
”He was really saying where they were at with their line now,” Fries said. “And that they have a big need for tackles and they think I could be a player. We went through what his philosophies are as a coach and things like that.”
”He was taking us around and talking to us about the facilities,” Fries said. “He was saying he really wanted me up there.”
While Fries was checking out practice, he was focusing on the offensive linemen to see how he would fit into their system. He noted that he could picture himself fitting into Syracuse’s up and coming line. He believes he could play guard or tackle.
Also during practice, he was being recruited by 2015 signee Jake Pickard. The two have developed a bit of a friendship, and Pickard is trying to make sure Fries ends up with Syracuse.
”He’s just a really enthusiastic kid,” Fries said. “He was telling me how much he loved it up there and how it would be great to play against him every day (in practice) and things like that.”
Overall, the visit went very well. The three-star offensive lineman remains very interested and hopes to return in the near future.
”They’re definitely really high,” Fries said. “I liked (the visit) a lot. I like them a lot. I like everything about them and I look forward to getting back soon.”
That could be as soon as the spring game in early April. Fries said he is going to try to make it up for that and will continue to stay in communication with the Orange staff.