Lakewood (N.J.) High safety Amir Tyler has been on Syracuse's radar for some time, but on Wednesday they extended a scholarship offer. Safety is a critical position for the Orange in the 2016 class as they look to improve their depth in the secondary.
Tyler is another New Jersey offeree as wide receivers coach Bobby Acosta continues to be busy in the talent rich state. It was one that meant a lot to Tyler.
'I was in school and my coach called me down," he said. "He said someone's on the phone. I picked it up and its Syracuse. The head coach (Scott Shafer) said he wanted to offer me. I was pretty excited. It's a big offer."
Tyler says he is very interested in Syracuse and wants to visit soon. How soon exactly? He is expected to be on campus June 10th or 11th.
"I'm interested, I just got to go up to campus," Tyler said.
He added that he has never been to the Syracuse campus before, a big reason why he is trying to schedule it in such a timely fashion. Should the trip go well, he did not rule out the possibility of a commitment.
For now it is about continuing to develop a relationship with the Syracuse coaches and work towards the visit regardless of when it may be. On the Syracuse side of things, they have a couple of slots open with 14 offers out to safeties this cycle.
Players like Craig Watts and Eric Burrell may not be realistic options at this point, but there are several talented ones available, including Tyler. Interestingly, he is the only New Jersey safety Syracuse has offered to this point.