Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic offensive tackle Liam Smith is a Scout 300 prospect and rated four stars as one of the best at his position. Syracuse has been after Smith for a long time, as New Jersey recruiter Bobby Acosta has identified him a top priority in the 2016 class.
On Friday, Smith visited the Syracuse campus for the second time. He had his father and brother in tow, and enjoyed what he saw this time around.
”We got there and met with all of the coaches,” Smith said. “I met coach Mo (Jake Moreland), who I never met before. I sat down with coach Adam, coach Acosta and coach Shafer. Each for a good period of time. We talked for a while about a bunch of things. I have a pretty good relationship with all three of those guys. We talked about the new offense a little bit.
”What role I would have and how I fit into it. Then we toured campus a little bit. I got to go with Eric White to see the business building. We got a bite to eat on campus and then went over to watch practice, which was awesome in the new (facility). That’s was it. It was a good day.”
The conversations with the Syracuse coaches were one of the highlights of the visit. The coaches continued to recruit Smith hard, telling him what a difference he would make should he choose the Orange.
”They really stressed how much they wanted me and how much I fit into their system,” Smith said. “Coach Shafer was really passionate about the direction of where the Program is going. He thinks he has the right juice in it this offseason, and the right guys, to really make a difference and get it going this season.”
On the four star prospect’s previous visits, he was unable to see a few different aspects of the program and campus. On this trip, he was able to see them, a critical part of the visit.
”The indoor was not even going up the last time we were there in June,” Smith said. “So that was great. It looked really awesome. Then we saw the business building, and we had never really gone into any buildings on our first visit. We got a tour with the professor and a little bit of a breakdown of what goes on there.
”Both of them were things that I really wanted to see and were cool.”
Overall, the trip reaffirmed Smith’s interest in Syracuse. The 6-foot-5 offensive tackle is seeing his recruitment come into focus, and could be making a decision somewhat soon.
”I think it keeps them right where they were,” Smith said. “They’re definitely a team that’s been after me for a long time. I’ve visited twice, so I wanted to see it with fresh eyes. We did a good job of that today.
”I’m narrowing down my list now. I’m probably going to make a decision one way or another this spring. It’s starting to kind of unfold a little bit.”
Other than his visit to Rutgers on March 28th, Smith does not have any other visits scheduled. The plan is to come back from a week long vacation and evaluate where things stand. At that point, more visits could be scheduled.