Buford (Ga.) High cornerback Martin Mangram visited Syracuse for the first time on Monday. He has held an offer for nearly a month, but was able to get up to campus for an unofficial visit. Overall, Mangram felt he got an intimate view of the program.
”We toured the football complex, indoor facilities, student centers, apartments, campus and the Carrier Dome,” he said. “The football complex was very impressive along with the Dome. The apartments were the best part though. They were incredible. I enjoyed seeing all of the trophies and the equipment that was there.
”I also got to talk to Floyd Little, the Hall of Famer. (We talked about) the family that Syracuse has. He told me that if I ever needed anything that’s what he’s here for. And he just placed some wisdom of life on me.”
The “we” that Mangram mentions includes his uncle, Jeffrey Mangram, who played for the Orange from 1985-88. Having family who played for the school on the visit him meant a lot to the Buford High standout.
”It was awesome,” Mangram said. “He told me where he practiced and met back in the day. He told me about the education of the school. Where I would be and how the education is tops in the nation.”
In addition, Mangram met with several coaches on the Syracuse staff. During those conversations, it was about bonding as well as talking football.
”I talked to coach Reed and Eric White,” Mangram said. “They just showed me around. I talked to coach Reed about where the corners met and practiced at. We talked about some defensive schemes and just about the corners they have there right now. I really liked the coaches.
”Coach Reed said I would fit right in since they play a lot of press man coverage with some zone, which is basically what I do in high school. They said they want me a lot.”
Mangram said his visit increased his interest in Syracuse, though he said he no favorites at this point. And while committing did not cross his mind, he left the trip very impressed with the Orange.
He currently has no other visits scheduled and is unsure about a decision timeframe.