Wilmington (Del.) Salesianum School linebacker Colby Reeder went to visit Syracuse for the first time on Wednesday. He went into the trip with some apprehension about the program, but that was quickly erased by the trip.
"Coming up, I was concerned with their lack of wins last year," Reeder said. "But after meeting with all of the coaches, I am now convinced that the pieces and coaches are in place for Syracuse to become a very successful program in the next few years."
The visit itself was over the span of the day and allowed Reeder to get a great feel for the Syracuse football program and the university itself.
"It was a really good visit," he said. "I had never been to Syracuse before and was very surprised by how nice it was. My visit was almost seven hours, so we covered a lot of ground. I spent over two hours with coach Shafer. I sat down and watched film with the DC (Chuck Bullough) and linebackers coach (Clark Lea).
"I got to meet with all of the strength coaches. Then I went and met with their business school advisor and had a tour all over the campus."
Two big highlights of the visit were the facilities and the academics. Reeder was blown away by both.
"I don't know what more you could ask for in their facilities," Reeder said. "I love to workout and their weight room had everything you would need. They have a great new indoor practice facility.
"The academics are very important to me and their business school was very nice. My goal would be to double major. I knew they had a finance major but was very pleasantly surprised to learn they also had a real estate major."
During his meeting with the defensive coaches, they went over their scheme and how Reeder would fit into it. He believes their style is a perfect match with his skill set.
"I saw that they play aggressive and bring lots of pressure, which is a lot of fun," Reeder said. "I think they were a little surprised by my size so they think I could play any of the three linebacker positions. I think I could have success playing any of the three."
The last part of the visit was his extensive sit down with head coach Scott Shafer. Their interaction allowed Reeder to bond with the leader of the Orange and get a better feel for what type of coach and man he is.
"I didn't know a lot about coach Shafer," Reeder said. "I knew he was the previous defensive coordinator. I enjoyed learning more about his background. I listened to his philosophies and what he envisions me becoming as a player and person."
Reeded added that the visit significantly increased his interest in Syracuse and that they are under serious consideration. He is hoping to make a decision sometime within the next two weeks so that he can focus on his senior season.