The 2016 cycle may be just heating up as Syracuse focuses their attention on bringing in talented players, but they are also cognizant of developing relationships with 2017 targets. One of them was on campus on Saturday in Princeton (N.J.) The Hung School defensive tackle Fred Hansard.
He was one of many on campus for the annual spring game, and liked seeing the Orange up close and personal for the first time.
”We went around the football facilities and saw everything,” Hansard said. “The visit went great. I got to talk to coach Daoust for a while and I liked what I heard. What stood out to me was how well I connected with the coaches.
”I talked to coach Daoust the most. He just talked about he was really interested in me. I also talked to coach Shafer and he just told me ‘we’ll be in touch.’”
Hansard has been developing a relationship with Syracuse assistant Bobby Acosta for some time. This visit allowed him to meet what could be his future position coach in Tim Daoust. Those two have started working on a bond as well.
As Hansard gets further into the process, those relationships will be critical in which school he ultimately chooses.
”Me and coach Acosta are real cool,” Hansard said. “He’s a real good guy and I will definitely build a good relationship with coach Daoust. The visit helped a lot.”
Another highlight of the visit was the spring game itself. In order to see whether or not Syracuse is a good fit, the 6-foot-3 prospect focused on the defensive tackles.
What he saw were not only players with similar playing style, but a system that is deal for his skill set.
”The game was real good,” Hansard said. “I thought the defensive tackles came off the ball real well. I can definitely see myself playing in that 4-3.”
Overall, the visit enhanced The Hun School standout’s interest in Syracuse. It allowed him to learn more about the program, get to know the coaches and see a potential fit with the Orange.
Going forward, he hopes to come back and visit Syracuse again.
”Syracuse is in a good place for me right now,” Hansard said. “The visit helped me understand the program.”