Over the weekend, Syracuse hosted 4-star center Taurean Thompson to an official visit. After offering the big-man earlier this month, an official visit date was set roughly a week later. The Orange have made Thompson their biggest priority for the time-being.
Taurean arrived at Syracuse on Friday, where he was quickly viewed as "one of the guys." He was able to gain knowledge of what being a student at Syracuse is truly like. After getting to know the current players, Taurean and his mother, Sherese Piper, toured the campus.
"We met with coach Boeheim and coach Hopkins on Friday night," Piper told CuseNation.com, "Coach's expectations of the future teams were very clear. We then toured the Whitman School of Management and had dinner."
"On Saturday morning, we spoke with Mr. Rubin of the IT department. He met with us and talked about Sidearm Sports, IT classes, different majors and the importance of socal media," Piper said. "He menionted how important social media is in our daily lives, but more importantly how athletes are perceived from social media." The two attended the LSU-Syracuse football game on Saturday afternoon and we're blown away." The fans, the fans, the fans!!!!!!," Thompson's mother said via text message. "Such a contagious energy. They really do bleed orange!"
"We met people in the 'Orange Club' who told us about the atmosphere at the Dome," she said. "We met supporters, undergrads, graduates, parents and grandparents who all talked about their personal experiences at Syracuse and what a great place it is."
The highlight of the visit, Piper said, was "Syracuse is such a huge school with a small feel. Even though we were there for a short time, it wasn't overwhelming."
"No commitment yet," Piper said.
This was Thompson's second official visit. He will visit SMU this weekend, which will leave two remaining.
There is no timetable for Thompson's recruitment, although Mrs. Piper has said a commitment could come at anytime.