One of the top players in the entire 2017 class is Allen Stritzinger out of De La Salle Collegiate in Warren (Mich.). Stritzinger visited Syracuse for the first time on Saturday, and picked up an offer in the process.
"Coach Babers offered me when I was speaking with him in his office," he said. "I felt truly honored."
Stritzinger loved his visit to Syracuse and was able to see many aspects of the program.
"Loved everything about it," he said. "All the coaches/staff are really building something special. We toured the facilities. My favorite part was the basketball game and seeing all the history that the football program has had."
The Scout 300 running back has had a relationship with the Syracuse coaches from their stops at other places, most notably Western Michigan and Bowling Green. Saturday was a chance to spend some more time with them and continue to bond.
"I've known the coaches even before the move," Stritzinger said. "Our relationship has grown especially after (Saturday). They are very interested in me from what it seems. As a running back in their offense, they want you to contribute by being a leader just as the QB will."
Stritzinger was also impressed by the basketball game inside the Carrier Dome, calling the game "live." The fans and the atmosphere they created really stood out. So much so that he wants to come back to see a football game in order to see the Dome with more fans in the stands.
Overall, the visit left Stritzinger with a very positive impression of Syracuse. One that he hopes will grow as he makes return trips.
"My interest in Syracuse is high," he said. "I just want to get out there a couple more times and keep contact with the coaches.