St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers running back Tre Bryant is one of the top players in the Show Me State. Syracuse has been recruiting Bryant for a while, and Bryant has maintained strong mutual interest. On Tuesday, he visited for the first time.
"The visit was incredible," Bryant said. "I got to tour the facilities and the campus. Syracuse has one of the best facilities, if not the best I have seen. The campus was beautiful as well."
That wasn't all Bryant go to do. He also checked out the academic side of Syracuse, and was impressed by that as well. In fact, he said Syracuse's strong academics are a big factor in his interest in the Orange.
The three-star talent, who Syracuse likes as an h-back, also spent time with the Syracuse coaching staff. His conversations with his primary recruiter, DeAndre Smith, and head coach Scott Shafer, were a big highlight of the trip.
"I spent the most time with coach Smith," Bryant said. "He is also my recruiting coach. We went over film, how they would utilize my ability. Their offense creates a lot of one-on-one matchups in the open field. I really like that.
"I also got to speak with coach Shafer for about 30 minutes. We didn't even talk about football. We spoke mainly about the life outside of football for a student-athlete at Syracuse."
The in-depth interaction with the coaches allowed Bryant to bond with them and get to know them on a more personal level. He believes both are great coaches and mentors for young men.
Overall the visit had a big impact on Bryant and where Syracuse stands. It put them firmly on the radar of his final schools and a potential final decision.
"The trip opened my eyes to what Syracuse has to offer and how great the school truly is," he said. "I have my list visit this Friday to UNLV and then I will compare all of the schools. I can't really say where Syracuse stands at this point, but I am really high on them."
So Syracuse did everything they could to put themselves in a good spot for Bryant's services. He is unsure when a final decision will come, but does plan to trim his list shortly after his trip to UNLV.