Rochester (N.Y.) McQuaid tight end/defensive lineman Demetrius Breedlove returned to Syracuse on Saturday. He has been to the campus several times before, so seeing the facilities were nothing new. Watching the spring game, however, was a different experience for him.
”The spring game was definitely a highlight, for sure,” Breedlove said. “I finally got to see them go full speed, full out. The team’s looking pretty good on defense and offense. I was excited to see and see the team actually play. I thought it was a really, really good day.”
When watching the game, Breedlove paid attention to two different position groups. Since he is being recruited as a big athlete, he could end up playing tight end or defensive line for the Orange. He focused on both groups on Saturday and liked what he saw.
”The tight ends did a lot,” Breedlove said. “They had to block, they went out for routes, they like big athletes at tight end. I think the tight ends did a really good job today. They also want me to play defensive line, so I don’t know where they want me to play yet.
”The defensive line played really well also. I liked number thirteen for sure. He got to the quarterback a couple of times.”
Another big highlight was speaking with the Syracuse coaches. He spoke with defensive line coach Tim Daoust and his primary recruiter Chuck Bullough. They continued to develop their relationship as his recruitment, a key component to his interest in Syracuse.
”I talked to coach Daoust and coach Bullough after the spring game,” Breedlove said. “We were just catching up and they were seeing how I was doing. We were talking about some camps. I’ve seen a lot of the stuff before so there was really nothing new to show me. So they just wanted to say hello.
”They offered me so they obviously like me. But they just broke it down how they recruit players and stuff. It starts with academics and then also on the field, then to your social life. If you don’t make a lot of mistakes and out there doing dumb stuff, they want those players with great character on their team.”
On previous visits, Breedlove had his mom in tow. This time, it was his dad experiencing the trip with him. His dad left high on the Orange.
”I had my dad here with me today,” Breedlove said. “My mom came other times. She saw all the facilities and was with me on my academic tour. My dad loved it. He likes Syracuse a lot. He liked the spring game. He said the team looks like it’s in good shape.”
Seeing the spring game and watching the coaching staff in action during a game-like environment gave him much more insight into Syracuse. Insight that will be critical when he makes his final decision.
”It showed me how they coach,” Breedlove said. “It showed me what it’s like if I want to spend the next four years with these men. I think they’re great coaches and I have no problem with them. I love them all. I think I’m definitely going to go to some camps and get some pointers from them to help with the next season to come.”