Syracuse may not have won against LSU on Saturday, falling 34-24 inside the Carrier Dome, but their strong effort made an impression on recruits who were at the game and watching from home on television. CuseNation.com spoke with several of them to get their reactions.
On Campus Visitors
2017 OLB commit Isaiah McDuffie: "I enjoyed the game. It was a great experience. They played good and hard and I love the fans."
2016 DE commit Jamal Holloway: "Really good game."
2016 WR commit Sadiq Palmer: "It was pretty good. I think we should have won, but it was a good game." He added he is having a great time on his visit.
2017 WR target Noah Jordan-Williams: "It was a great game actually. We were in it for mostly the whole game. The defense is really good, it was just hard for the offense to get going."
Watching From Home
2016 QB commit Rex Culpepper: "Been saying it all along, 'Cuse is coming."
2016 OT commit Cam DeGeorge: "I thought it was very impressive."
2016 OG commit Sam Heckel: "I think with Dungey playing, they could've won. They played really well despite the beginning of the third and end of the fourth."
2016 S/LB commit Will Harper: "Happy with the way Syracuse played. They fought hard, especially being on their fourth string QB. I feel as if we still had plenty of chances to win it."
2017 WR target Anthony White Jr.: "Great, guys kept fighting. Syracuse, these are the things I try and tell my soliders when we take the field. Just, no matter what, fight. Even when we're down."
2017 WR commit Daewood Davis: "The game was good, We fought hard. We stayed in the game. I thought we would have pulled it off. They're doing well. Once they add me and the other recruits, we will be sensational."
By performing well on a national stage, Syracuse, at a minimum, made an impression on recruits from the south. Many talented players who were not on visits or were taking late visits were watching this game. Seeing Syracuse stay in it until the end can only help the perception of the program on a national level.
Also, in the past several years, this is as engaged on social media as we have seen the alumni base, former players and even recruits. They were all watching, cheering on the Orange, and seemed very pleased/encouraged by what they saw on the field. In fact, at different points, Riley Dixon was trending (after he leaped over an LSU defender on a fake punt) as was Syracuse during the game.
Below is just a sampling of the Twitter discussion.