Syracuse head coach Dino Babers has repeated the importance of recruiting at home. The Orange staff has already hosted several prospects from New York over the last month, and had another one on campus on Saturday in offensive lineman prospect Damian Ostaszewski from Curtis High School in Staten Island.
"We watched the team practice," he said. "It was great to see them run full speed and their fast tempo offense. Then coach (Mike Lynch) showed me around the facilities. We saw where the players can hangout after practice and eat, watch TV and play video games, which was great too.
"Coach also showed me the offices and how they evaluate the players on they did at practice with their position groups. What really impressed me was how they have staff that advises you with your education and you can go to them if you need any help with school work. Overall, very impressed."
Syracuse did not offer Ostaszewski, but did invite him to a camp in June in order to be evaluated in person. The offensive lineman prospect is confident in his abilities, and plans to attend that camp in order to show the coaches he has what it takes to play at Syracuse.
The visit was about more than an offer, however. It gave Ostaszewski a chance to bond with offensive line coach Mike Lynch.
"Coach Lynch is a great coach and also a great guy," he said. "It was very good talking with him and he answered all my questions. He told me everything I needed to know about Syracuse."
Ostaszewski said if an offer comes, Syracuse would be his top school. He is also receiving interest from Colgate, Fordham, Bryant and Penn.