Syracuse has been recruiting three-star Deerborn Heights (Mich.) Robichaud athlete Jairus Grissom for some time. The new staff has been high on him as a quarterback prospect, and extended an early offer. Saturday was Grissom's first chance to visit the campus and he enjoyed his time in Central New York.
"The visit was great," he said. "It was my first time being at Syracuse and they have a fantastic campus. I walked around the school, I saw the practice facilities and had a long talk with the coaching staff. The best part of the visit was talking with the coaches. They were being real with me and the practice facility was great too."
Grissom spent a long time speaking with defensive line coach Vince Reynolds, his primary recruiter, and head coach Dino Babers. They were able to get to know each other on a more personal level.
"They talked to me about how they are recruiting me," Grissom said. "They said they were highly interested in me. They love my talent and think I can do a lot of great things at their school. I trust and believe them. I like the coaching staff a lot.
"They are coming to see me throw in April and May. I bonded with them too. I will be talking with them more."
Grissom was impressed by Syracuse's indoor practice facility, saying it was very nice. He was surprised that they had more than one when you include the field currently inside Manley Field House.
Saturday afternoon he attended Syracuse's basketball game. While he had to leave before it concluded, he saw enough to be impressed.
"My and my coach left at halftime," Grissom said. "From what I saw the atmosphere was great. The game was packed and the fans were live and intense. The game was live."
Overall, the visit made a big impression on the three-star athlete. So much so that he considered pulling the trigger.
"I almost verbally committed, but I want to bring my mom and dad to see if they like it and talk with the coaches too," Grissom said. "Right now, Syracuse is in my top decisions. They will be in my top six choices."