Allentown (Pa.) Parkland offensive tackle Noel Brouse has been committed to Syracuse since June and has been at every home game that his schedule allows. He took in another one on Saturday when the Orange faced the top ranked Clemson Tigers. He left with another great impression of his future home.
"It was a last minute trip due to our high school state playoffs," Brouse said. "Had a great time with the atmosphere of the Dome. Also happy to see Cuse's competitiveness with nationall ranked teams. Proves to show that the team continues to improve."
The Carrier Dome atmosphere, despite not having a capacity crowd, stood out to Brouse. He thought it was electric, loud and made the game a fun one to watch.
"The fan base was loud when they needed to be and seemed like it distracted Clemson's offense," Brouse said. "It was nice to see the fan base rooting for 'Cuse to the end. It seemed like the coaching staff appeared to adjust the game plan against Clemson very well.
"(What) really stood out to me (was) how they competed and did extremely well throughout the game despite the first two minutes."
Brouse spent a lot of time watching how Syracuse's offensive line performed, especially since that is where he will be playing once he arrives next summer.
"I was impiressed by the offensive line play," Brouse said. "They opened many holes for both the quarterback and the running backs. And considering they had more rushing yards than Clemson's offense is really impressive. Clemson, I believe, is nationally ranked on defense."
After the game, Brouse spoke with offensive line coach Joe Adam. The two have a strong bond and were able to have a conversion before the Orange pledge headed back home.
"I only talked to coach Adam after the game," Brouse said. "We talked initially on how the game went and then talked to me about my game on Friday in which I had an interception on the line of srcimmage, a big sack and a lot of pancakes. I was also named Eastern Pennsylvania Conference first team offensive line and first team defensive line.
"This brought a smile to coach Adam."
Brouse hopes to back in the Dome when Syracuse wraps up their 2015 season in a couple of weeks.