Green Bay (Wisc.) Ashwaubenon High offensive tackle Airon Servais has the distinction of being the first player to commit to Dino Babers after he took the Syracuse job. Servais did so despite having never visited the Orange campus. It was largely due to his strong relationship with the coaching staff from their time recruiting him at Bowling Green.
Syracuse targeted Servais because of his athleticism, size and length. He is a perfect fit for Babers' high octane offense with his ability to move and get to the second level quickly.
So while Servais was a solid commit without question, the official visit was still critically important. There is always a chance the visit doesn't go well and he reconsiders where things stand. That did not happen here, as Servais fell in love with the school during his trip.
"I was excited to be a part of Orange Nation before my visit," Servais said. "Now that feeling has only intensified. I can't wait to go back."
Servais said he spent a lot of time with the Syracuse coaches. They have been recruiting him for over a year so the relationship is plenty strong. Even with that, he said they rolled out the red carpet for him as if he was an uncomitted prospect. He added that the chemistry between him and the staff is great.
During the visit he spent a lot of time seeing the campus and taking in the atmosphere. Through all of that, one thing continued to stand out.
"Took a lot of tours," Servais said. "The people are definitely what stood out to me. All of the players are really cool and the other recruits were really chill. It was definitely a family. Even though it was just the weekend, those guys feel like my brothers."
Being that it was the first time seeing the campus, he wanted to take in everything Syracuse University has to offer. After doing so, he was even more excited about his future there.
"Nothing but awe," Servais said. "The campus and facilities are beautiful. Definitely a great place to be successful."
While on the trip, Servais spent a lot of time helping Syracuse recruit other players. It seems to have worked as seven of the nine players not committed to Syracuse had pulled the trigger as of Sunday night.
Clarke and Foster both committed while Syracuse seems to be in a good spot for Black.