O'Fallon (Ill.) High running back Kentrail Moran is one of the top players in the Midwest in the 2016 class. He has been committed to in-state Illinois since March, but is looking around a little bit. At least towards one school, anyway. Moran has interest in the Syracuse Orange, who have continued to recruit him hard despite his pledge elsewhere.
Moran says he has an official visit scheduled for January 22-24 for now, but he and running backs coach DeAndre Smith are trying to find a date that gets him on campus much sooner. Coach Smith is his primary recruiter at Syracuse, and the two have developed a strong relationship.
The four-star back is one of Syracuse's primary recruiting grounds, having landed several talented players from Illinois since head coach Scott Shafer took over the program.
Moran's relationship with coach Smith may be strong, but the official will give him a chance to develop that kind of bond with the rest of the staff. That is just one important aspect of the trip, he says.
"A great facility, a great environment," Moran said. "I'm looking to enjoy my time while I'm there and see if I fit in with the players."
Moran says he has strong interest in the Orange despite his commitment to the Fighting Illini. He also plans on taking official visits to other schools, but is unsure which ones. The only official scheduled right now is to Syracuse.
Syracuse previously had a commitment from Robert Washington, a four-star running back at the time of his pledge. But the Orange moved in another direction over the summer. Syracuse is expected to take one running back in the 2016 class.