Rome (Ga.) Darlington offensive tackle Patrick Kearns is one of several offensive lineman with an offer from Syracuse. He was one that picked up an offer somewhat recently, and has remained in contact with the Orange ever since.
On Saturday, he visited the campus for the first time. It allowed him to tour the campus, see the facilities and get a much better feel for the football program as well as the university.
"I enjoyed the visit," Kearns said. "I really liked meeting with all of the coaches. I was also very impressed by the new indoor facility. Just the quality and size of it. It was huge. I've seen others and this was one of the better ones I've seen."
Kearns spent time speaking with several Syracuse coaches. He spoke with tight ends and tackles coach Jake Moreland, offensive line coach Joe Adam and offensive coordinator Tim Lester. Each discussed how perfect they thought Kearns fits into the Syracuse system. With his 6-foot-6 frame and athleticism, he could be exactly what the Orange are looking for at offensive tackle.
"I talked with coach Moreland, coach Adam and coach Lester the most," Kearns said. "We just talked about what I could do at 'Cuse and the future of the program in general. I really like all of them. They feel like if I decided to come to Syracuse, there would be a good chance for me to play early at tackle if I worked hard."
Another highlight was watching the spring game Saturday afternoon. He spent the game watching the Syracuse offensive tackles. Specifically to see how the Orange use their linemen, the offensive system and to see if he could picture himself playing there.
"I enjoyed the spring game," Kearns said. "I was pleasantly surprised by the way 'Cuse got after it. I thought the tackles were good, especially the first string left tackle (Ivan Foy). From what I saw, I would like to play like him in the future."
The visit was a strong one for Kearns, who came away from Syracuse impressed. He remains highly interested in the Orange, but is not ready to thing about a decision quite yet.
"I definitely got a good vibe," Kearns said. "I think they are not only good coaches but good guys and they are on the right track to becoming a strong competitor in the ACC. I'm very interested (in Syracuse) but I'm not going to have any favorites for a while. I will say that I have only good things to say about Syracuse. It's definitely going to be a strong consideration when I decide to commit."