Allentown (Penn.) Parkland Senior High offensive tackle Noel Brouse committed to Syracuse back in June. On Saturday, he visited his future team and checked out a game in person for the first time. He saw the Orange beat Central Michigan 30-27 in overtime, but was able to do much more than that.
"Met up with Moe Neal and Eric White," Brouse said. "Then we went onto the field pregame and interacted with all of the coaches. Felt very welcomed and at home. Then after pre-game, went with my family and Moe's family and sat behind the 50 yard line. The visit was great and got to say goodbye to all the coaches after the game."
The meeting between Brouse and Neal was the first for Orange commits. The two discussed many things, including why they committed to Syracuse and just got to know each other a bit.
"(Moe's) very friendly and easy to talk to," Brouse said. "We talked about our schools and how our football seasons are going."
Then it was time to take in the game. One that turned out much more dramatic than originally anticipated. But even with that, Brouse enjoyed his time in the Loud House.
"It started out great in the beginning as the offense was moving the ball well," he said. "Too bad Eric Dungey got hurt. Defense really stepped it up in overtime. It was exciting to see them win."
Brouse added that the trip and watching the game "absolutely" solidified in his mind that he made the right decision when he pulled the trigger over the summer. Making sure you hold onto your commits is always important, and it seems Syracuse did a nice job of reinforcing why they were the right fit.
While the trip was definitely an enjoyable one, Brouse continues to be focused on his senior campaign. His Parkland squad has started the season 3-0, just like his future Syracuse squad. He says everything is going great on that front.