Newburgh (Ind.) Castle offensive tackle Bryce Bailey is one of the top offensive lineman in the Midwest. He holds over a dozen offers , including some from power five schools. One of the power five schools to extend an offer is Syracuse.
Bailey visited the Orange on Tuesday to see the campus for the first time and get a better feel for the program.
“It was great,” Bailey said. “Got in (Monday) night and hung out with some of the players, then came in early for the practice. I was really amazed at the pace that these guys went about their business and the juice all the coaches had. It’s very exciting to watch.
“I got a tour of the facilities, went and saw where the players live and went and stood in the Carrier Dome. After that, I went and had a meeting with (offensive line) coach (Mike) Lynch and talked about scheme and philosophy.”
The 6-foot-5 lineman called the Syracuse housing the nicest he has ever seen.
During his meeting with coach Lynch, he said there was discussion about his versatility but also a position he sees a bright future within Syracuse’s system.
“Coach Lynch said he’d love to try me at center because I have a combination of intelligence and athleticism,” Bailey said. “But he said I’m not necessarily limited to center and I honestly could play at any position.”
Bailey said he had a great time hanging out with both the Orange coaches and players currently on the roster. He said they all seemed like awesome people and he could see himself fitting in to their culture very well.
Overall, Bailey gave his visit to Syracuse an eight out of 10. He maintains a high interest in the Orange and hopes to be back for another visit sometime soon.
“I was just really impressed with all the coaches, the facilities, the campus and the guys on the team,” the three-star Castle High standout said. “I’m definitely interested. It’s safe to say ‘Cuse is in my top five for sure.”