Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic wide receiver Gene Coleman is one of Syracuse’s top targets at a key position of need in the 2016 class. This past Sunday, he visited the campus for the first time and enjoyed the trip.
”It went really well,” Coleman said. “We watched their practice. Then we walked around the facilities and spoke to the coaches and stuff like that. I loved the facilities and also had a great time talking to the coaches. They’re all great guys.
”The facilities were really cool. The new field had softer turf than usual and the weight room and locker rooms were nice.”
During practice, Coleman was focused on a few things. First, he wanted to watch the receivers and see how they were used. In addition, he wanted to see how wide receivers coach Bobby Acosta worked with his group. Then, he wanted to get a feel for the team as a whole.
”I did focus on the receivers during the drills and then the one-on-ones,” Coleman said. “But I focused more on the team competitive action and the competitiveness of the players. (Coach Acosta) interacts with his players really well.
"They all seem to trust him and he coaches them knowing they are capable of doing things he asks.”
After practice, Coleman spent a considerable amount of time speaking with the aforementioned Acosta, his primary recruiter. That conversation was focused on Syracuse’s interest and where he fits into their plans long-term.
”Coach Acosta said he sees me playing the z,” Coleman said. “Which is more of a 5-foot-9 to around 5-foot-11 guy who does multiple things. We talked about my position and where I would fit. He told me he thinks I would be the future of Syracuse. It was cool that he expects that much from me.”
Overall, the visit enhanced Coleman’s view of Syracuse. While he currently has no favorites, Syracuse has made an early impression.
”I don’t exactly have a list because I still have time,” Coleman said. “But I if I did, they would be near the top for sure. The visit helped.”
Coleman said he may return to Syracuse for a spring game visit.