Jersey City (N.J.) Lincoln wide receiver Frank Darby vaulted to the top of the priority list after Syracuse offered a little over a month ago. They saw him during the evaluation and believe he is one of the most talented receivers in New Jersey. After offering, Syracuse have made him a big priority, and have recruited him very hard.
On Tuesday, Darby visited Syracuse for the first time.
"The visit was great," Darby said. "I loved everything about it. The coaches, environment, etc. I got to see everything and all of the facilities. I also got to see the Carrier Dome. It was amazing. I really like the school."
Darby was also impressed by the Ensley Athletic Center. He thought it was beautiful and top of the line. He also liked how close the football program was to the rest of the campus.
Outside of touring the campus and the facilities, Darby spent a lot of time with the Syracuse coaching staff. He spoke with nearly every coach, including head coach Scott Shafer and assistant Bobby Acosta, his primary recruiter.
"I spent time with all of the coaches," Darby said. "They were nice people. They made me feel like I was already attending there. It was a lot of fun and we basically were talking about all of the stuff I would like in Syracuse.
"I could see myself playing for (coach Acosta). He's a great person and cool to be around. I feel comfortable being around him."
Darby also tried on a Syracuse jersey, a staple of all visits recruits take. That was another highlight of the visit.
"It was great," he said. "It made me feel like I wanted to go play in the field in front of all of their fans."
Overall, the trip had a big impact on Darby's recruitment. In fact, Syracuse is now his top school, and he admitted that committing crossed his mind while on campus.
"Syracuse stands at the top of my list," Darby said. "It made see that it's more out there for you to become what you want to become."