August 1st marked the first day that schools were allowed to send out their official offer letter to prospects. All offers previously were simply verbal offers. What does a Syracuse football offer letter look like? Syracuse commit Taylor Riggins passed his along so we could get a firsthand look. At the bottom of the page are pictures of what the offer letters look like.
The offer letter reads as follows:
It is my pleasure to inform you that the football coaches and I are thrilled you have accepted a full football scholarship to attend Syracuse University. The coaching staff and I believe your academic, athletic and personal accomplishments make you an excellent fit for Syracuse University and the Orange Football Family.
Per NCAA rules, the full scholarship will cover tuition and registration fees, text books and course related fees and room and board. This scholarship is subject to you meeting: (1) all NCAA eligibility requirements and (2) all admission requirements for Syracuse University.
Through the research we have done on you, I believe you are a tremendous football player, a quality student and a fine young man. I feel you have the ability necessary to be an outstanding player at the collegiate level, and am confident you will enhance our football program, University and community. I also believe you will truly appreciate all that Syracuse has to offer: academic experience, a rich football tradition, an amazing college environment and great people.
We have an outstanding staff of very successful coaches who are dedicated to the development of quality student-athletes on and off the field. I am excited you will be joining us as we take the winning Orange tradition to the next level.
We look forward to having you be a part of our Orange Football Family and receive a degree from one of the most prestigious universities in the country.
Head Football Coach
A second page with a big Syracuse logo is included that looks similar to a diploma. It reads as follows:
This Offer Letter witnesses that you have to this point exhibited the requisite qualities and are recommended by the Syracuse University Football Program for a full Athletics Scholarship which is conferred with all the rights and privileges afforded to qualified candidates.
Offered by the Department of Athletics at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York
August 1, 2015
Obviously letters sent out to players who have not committed to Syracuse will have slightly different language, but the vast majority of the wording will be the same. The offer letter both shows Syracuse’s interest in the player officially, and helps sell the prospect on what the program has to offer.