Jersey City (N.J.) Lincoln wide receiver Frank Darby eight offers, three from power five schools. One of those power five programs that has ramped up their interest in recent weeks is Syracuse. The Orange view him as being one of the best receivers in New Jersey in 2016.
Syracuse offered on April 22nd after visiting his school during the evaluation period. Wide receivers coach Bobby Acosta, Syracuse's primary recruiter in New Jersey, called Darby's head coach to extend the offer.
After the Lincoln High head coach relayed the information, the 6-foot-1 receiver was pumped up about the news.
"I was happy and surprised," Darby said. "It will be a school I look into a lot. Coach Acosta is just like a friend. We text on Twitter (direct message) here and there. He's a really nice person. He seems like a person I could get along with."
Coach Acosta has made it a point to stay in touch with Darby on a regular basis. In fact, Syracuse likes him so much, he is one of, if not the, top receiver on their board. That is one of the recruiting pitches they use on Darby, among others.
"They want me to be a part of the family," he said. "It makes me feel special knowing that a big time school wants me a lot. They're one of the top schools I have in my mind."
The next step is for Darby to visit Syracuse and check out the program and the campus in person. He is looking at an unofficial visit on May 22nd or sometime that weekend. While it is not officially scheduled yet, it is something he and his family are trying to make happen.
"That's when I'm trying to come," Darby said. "I'm asking my mom. She says she has to see. I just want to see all the athletic things. How the school works. Just get a tour around the school."
If Darby does make it up on the 22nd or 23rd, don't be surprised if he's not alone and other New Jersey targets visit as well.
Syracuse currently has offers out to nine New Jersey wide receivers this cycle, including commit Sadiq Palmer. Of the eight remaining on the board, Darby may be the biggest priority for the Orange.