When the new coaching staff took over at Syracuse, one of the players that committed to the previous staff that was targeted rigth away was Sam Heckel. The three-star guard was a big priority to keep in the class, and they were able to do just that with visits to his school as well as in-homes.
Heckel reaffirmed his commitment, but the official visit was still to come. The good news entering the visit is that he had developed a solid relationship with the new staff the constant communication.
The trip, however, was still important. Just to make sure there was no doubt in his decision. Mission accomplished.
"Were there best parts?" Heckel said. "All of it was amazing."
Heckel said he spent a lot of time with the Syracuse players. It gave him a sense of what it will be like when he joins the program this summer.
"Colin Byrne was my host," Heckel said. "(We) hung out with the team. Went to the city and walked around and stuff. (There was) great chemistry between the teammates for sure. They're all great to be around."
During the visit, Syracuse landed another offensive lineman in Michael Clark. Clark announced during the team meeting Saturday morning. Heckel had a front row seat and was surprised but when the announcement came, but not the announcement itself.
"I saw it coming but not during that time," Heckel said with a chuckle. "I like the offensive line group we have."
The players were not the only ones Heckel was able to spend time with. He also hung out with the Orange coaches. Things also went exceptionally well on that front.
"(I) love the coaches too," he said. "Coach Lynch and I will have a great bond in the years to come. All the coaches ahve a great bond together too which is always great."
Heckel said the visit "absolutely" reaffirmed that his commitment was the right choice. He is one of four offensive linemen committed in the 2016 class, but Syracuse is also hoping to snag Scout 300 lineman Stewart Reese.