Three-star athlete Eric Coley is an interesting prospect. Originally from Michigan, Coley has tranferred to Fayetteville-Manlius High in Manlius (N.Y.). The reason? His father is new Syracuse defensive line coach Vince Reynolds.
Coley spent time on the Syracuse campus on Saturday for an unofficial visit, and things went pretty well.
"The visit went well," Coley said. "We got to tour the locker rooms, the indoor facility, we got to see the academic hall and meet all the advisors. We also got to see the Carmelo Anthony building. It went well.
"I'd say my favorite part was seeing the equipment room and all the gear the players get."
Coley was offered by the Orange during the visit, and the staff did not waste any time in their extension of it.
"I got here, got checked in," he said. "I was sitting in the team meeting room and one of the GA's came and got me. He said coach Babers wanted me. I went to his office and he said, 'I'm letting you know you have an offer but we want to see you this summer so we can see how you take our coaching.
"He said it's not because my dad's a coach either. He said I earned it so I was real happy about that."
Outside of snagging an offer, one of the highlights was checking out Syracuse basketball's win over NC State.
"The basketball game was fun," Coley said. "Some of the football players came to talk to us and share with us the quality of the university. Then 27,000 people at a basketball game is crazy. I know it has to get loud at football games."
Coley's father did mess with him a little bit during the visit. He said coach Reynolds let everyone know who his son was and talked a lot of trash. It was good natured ribbing, Coley said, and he gave it right back to his father.
Overall, the trip made a big impression on Coley. He says he really likes it and is considering them. Any commitment, however, may have to wait until the summer when the staff can see how he responds to their coaching.