Syracuse is in the heart of the 2016 recruiting cycle, but is still working on their class of 2017 priorities. One that is emerging is Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep offensive tackle Isaiah Wilson. He visited the Orange for their annual spring game along with a pair of teammates (Ray Marten and Justin Morgan) on Saturday.
"It was my first time at Syracuse," Wilson said. "We started with a little seminar about the school and we viewed a season highlight tape. My favorite part though was actually watching the game."
Wilson was impressed with the way the Orange played. He thinks their offensive system allowed talented linemen to flourish. Moreover, he believes the new offense they are implementing will be successful.
"They utilize their offensive line very effectively," Wilson said. "It would be a great fit for any offensive lineman out of a system like Poly (Prep). I could do very well there."
Other than the spring game, a big highlight was checking out the football facilities. From the weight room to the locker room to the new indoor facility, Wilson gushed about what Syracuse has to offer.
"They were really impressive," he said. "The new practice facility was impressive as well. The sheer size and quality. It's always impressive stepping on a campus like Syracuse. Honestly, a breathtaking experience."
Wilson is the top offensive line target for Syracuse in the 2017 class and one of their top targets overall. He is being recruited by offensive line coach Joe Adam, who is in regular communication with the 6-foot-6 athlete.
Still too early to declare a favorite, both Syracuse and coach Adam are making an impression on Wilson. He describes Adam as a "really good guy" and says they have a great relationship.
Saturday's visit only helped where Syracuse stands, with Wilson saying it increases his interest after seeing what they have to offer him. Going forward, he plans to visit Syracuse again. Potentially as soon as this summer.
The Orange will also be down to Poly Prep to visit him, Ray Marten and Justin Morgan during the evaluation period.
Syracuse is not the only school in pursuit of his services. He holds offers from Alabama, Boston College, Miami, Penn State and Rutgers in addition to Syracuse. His recruitment has a long way to go, but he knows what he's looking for in a potential landing spot.
"I'm looking for great football," Wilson said. "Also a great education to fall back on."
He added that staying close to home is a factor, but not of the utmost importance.