New Jersey running back Chris Chukwuneke entered Saturday's visit to Syracuse believing he was close to picking up an offer. While he did not pick one up during the trip, he still feels he is close based on the conversations he had with the Orange coaching staff.
"They are very excited about me," Chukwuneke said. "Very interested. I believe I am close to acquiring an offer from them."
The visit was a good one for Chukwuneke, who got to check out most of what Syracuse has to offer. Unfortunately, his mom had to work so they were unable to stay for the basketball game.
"The day started off with the staff introducing themselves to us," he said. "Then we toured the facilities, went to the academic buildings and finally coach Babers did a Q & A at the end.
"My favorite part was definitely touring the indoor practice facility because not many teams have the opportunity to have two fields they can practice on. Also, they stress academics which really impressed me."
During the question and answer session with coach Babers, Chukwuneke did not ask a question himself. However, someone else asked how they utilized their running backs. The answer stood out to the 5-foot-11 running back.
"His response was in both ways," Chukwuneke said. "Not just running but also in the passing game."
Of the coaches, Chukwuneke spent most of his time with defensive line coach Vince Reynolds, his primary recruiter. The two have started to build a relationship and enjoyed hanging out together on Saturday.
"It wasn't my first time speaking to him, but seeing him in person was great," he said. "Me and coach already have a great relationship. He just talked to me about how I liked the school and how my visit was going. He was glad I made the trip up."
The visit overall left Chukwuneke, and his mother, with a positive impression of Syracuse.
"Well, they impressed my mom so that's a plus for them," he said. "Right now they are high on my list because of the relationship I'm building with coach Reynolds and how my mom views the school."
Chukwuneke has visits to Monmouth and Boston College on the horizon.