Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek wide receiver Noah Ellison has always been interested in Syracuse, even before they started showing interest. Well the Orange now have him on their radar and hosted him for an unofficial visit on Sunday.
”I really liked it,” Ellison said. “I would definitely put that school in my top five. I loved the atmosphere of the school. My relationship with coach Acosta is growing really well. I liked how high speed their practice was.”
While watching practice, Ellison picked up on something right away that made him feel like Syracuse may be a good fit. There were a lot of similarities between the offense he runs at Timber Creek and the one Syracuse is implementing under offensive coordinator Tim Lester.
”At my school we run the spread offense as well,” Ellison said. “We run the same type of offense. I noticed that the type of receivers that they recruit are my size or smaller. So I fit in pretty well with their offense.”
A highlight of the trip was seeing the new indoor practice facility. He loved all of the Syracuse facilities, but their new gem really stood out.
”It was excellent, actually,” Ellison said. “It’s great because they don’t have to practice in the cold and in New York, it’s cold. They have two indoor facilities and the game field, and it’s all close together. So there’s not a lot of traveling you have to do to get to practice.”
While checking out other aspects of the program, he noticed that Syracuse honors their history. That made an impression on the 6-foot-2 wideout.
”I got a tour when I first walked in,” Ellison said. “I liked the murals of Ernie Davis and Jim Brown. I liked how the school was oriented around all of them. The Hall of Famers were cool. I liked the weight room too.”
After practice, wide receivers coach Bobby Acosta spent a significant amount of time speaking with Ellison. It helped the two take that next step in their relationship.
”Honestly, he seemed like he loved me,” Ellison said. “He showed a lot of attention and asked a lot of questions. We had good conversations before and after practice. He showed me around the school and told me about the offense. He really bases his guys on academics.
”He really likes academics because Syracuse is a hard academic school. So he wants his guys to have good academics, which I fit into. I would say we are going to have a pretty good relationship for the next few years.”
In addition to speaking with coach Acosta, Ellison spent time with speaking head coach Scott Shafer.
”It wasn't as in-depth as it was with coach Acosta,” he said. “We were talking about the type of offense they run and the type of plays. Practice times and stuff like that.”
The visit only enhanced where Syracuse stands with Ellison. While an offer did not come on the trip, it could be coming soon. He said coach Acosta is going to look at his film with the rest of the coaches on Monday, and an offer could come at that point.
”I’m very interested,” Ellison said. “They are definitely in my top schools. I’ve always wanted to go to Syracuse. I’ve always loved Syracuse basketball. I’ve always just loved being around Syracuse.”
Up next for Ellison is a visit to Rutgers on April 4th.