Southington (Conn.) High tight end Jay Rose is one of Syracuse’s top targets at the position in the 2016 class. He returned to the campus on Tuesday of this past week for an unofficial visit, and he says it went very well.
”They took me on a tour of all of the football facilities,” Rose said. “It’s real nice up there. I liked it a lot. They have a lot of things to offer. Great education, top football. It’s a great place.”
Rose has a strong relationship with the Orange coaches, specifically his primary recruiter Chuck Bullough.
”I went to a camp last year and that’s when they started recruiting me,” Rose said. “So last year around this time. My recruiter is coach Bullough. Tuesday when I went there, all the coaches, I’m close with all of them. They’re all the same type of people.
”I like the way they coach. I like the relationship they have with all of their players. It’s a good coaching staff.”
One big highlight of the trip was his one-on-one time with head coach Scott Shafer. The two met extensively and discussed a variety of topics.
”I sat down with coach Shafer,” Rose said. “He was telling me all about the school and the academics. He was telling me that he turns his players into good people. It’s definitely something that’s true because they have 48 players that are 3.0 (GPA) or above.
”I like that he stresses academics because it comes back into football when you show that responsibility.”
Rose says Syracuse is recruiting him as a tight end and quarterback. A versatile athlete that could play either. Should he choose the Orange, they would bring him in and see where he fits the best.
Overall, the visit went very well for Rose. So well, in fact, that he has the Orange among his favorites.
”Syracuse is among the top schools in my decision,” Rose said. “They have a lot to offer. It’s definitely somewhere I could see myself at, but I’m not making any decisions yet. But it’s definitely somewhere I could see myself at.”
Rose is looking to decide by the end of summer.