New Canaan (Conn.) High offensive tackle Lucas Niang is one of the best players in the state of Connecticut. He has held an Orange offer for over a month. Despite that, his knowledge of the Syracuse football program was minimal.
He was one of dozens of prospects on campus on Saturday in order to get a first hand look at the school.
”It was pretty fun,” Niang said. “It was a fun visit. I learned a lot about the school. I didn’t know much about it when I came in. The best part of the trip for me was the spring game. Just seeing how they work. It was more of a practice with a scrimmage, but it was great to see how that went. Seeing how intense it was.”
During the spring game itself, the three-star tackle was focusing on how the Orange use their offensive linemen. He understands the limitations of the vanilla offense that was run on Saturday, but noticed a lot of similar technique.
”It was pretty similar to what we do in some ways,” Niang said. “They were mostly doing zone runs and stuff because it was televised. But they were taking the same steps that I take in high school.”
Another highlight was checking out the facilities. He was specifically impressed with the new indoor practice facility.
”It was all pretty nice,” Niang said. “When there’s bad weather, being able to practice at all times, there’s always somewhere to go. They had a lot of stuff that can help you get stronger. Help you get better.”
What the 6-foot-5 prospect also learned about Syracuse was the strong academic side of the school. That will be an important aspect of his decision. He discussed that with the Orange coaches.
”One of the main points was that if you go there, you can get your degree in three years,” Niang said. “Then get your Master’s in the fourth year. If I wanted to, I could still get my degree and leave a year early for the (NFL) Draft. That's important to me because you need a degree.
”Coach Adam said they were only taking so many linemen and he would like it if I was one of them.”
The visit had a strong impact on Niang, who looks at Syracuse in a more favorable light. He is still early in the process and is not near a decision, but the Orange are thought of in high regard.
”My interest is definitely higher than it was before because I didn’t know much about it,” Niang said. “I don’t have any favorites yet. I still have to visit some schools before I make up my mind. Syracuse is in a good place right now.”
Niang plans to stay in contact with Syracuse in order to further develop their relationship. The next step is for the Orange to come visit him for a spring practice once the quiet period ends next week.