One of the top quarterbacks in New Jersey in the 2017 class is Don Bosco Prep's Tommy DeVito. DeVito was offered by Syracuse last month during his first visit to the campus, and has quickly become a top priority for the Orange. So much so that he returned to Central New York on Monday and Tuesday for a second visit.
While he had seen many parts of the program during his last trip, this one allowed him to get a more intimate view of Syracuse.
"It was great," DeVito said. "I really enjoyed spending time with the coaches and players. I got to meet the academic advisors and talk with some of the people in the business department. Also hangout with the players as well as watch practice. And spend more time with the coaches talking ball. Also go in the Dome."
DeVito was very impressed by what he was able to discover about the academic side of Syracuse.
"I did not think they were that good education wise and did not know they had so many connections in NYC (New York City)," he said. "Everything was great."
During the trip, DeVito had a chance to spend time with some of the current Syracuse players. Mainly the offensive line and a couple of former teammates at Don Bosco from last season.
"I spent some time with the OL and also with Daivon (Ellison) and (Kyle) Kleinberg," DeVito said. "We just talked and hung out for a while and talked about my recruitment and about 'Cuse. They all told me really good things. Even Daivon and Kyle told me they were happy and when I asked for the bad, they had nothing. So that was good."
DeVito added it was cool reliving old memories with Ellison and Kleinberg. He said their feedback on what it's like at Syracuse was important because he trusts what they tell him.
Another highlight of the visit was watching practice. The Dino Babers offense is intriguing and DeVito sees a perfect fit for his skill set.
"They ran a really great paced practice," he said. "The offense is built for a QB to really blow up. I fit really well because I can make all the throws and reads that they are asking for."
DeVito said the message from the Syracuse coaching staff was simple but meaningful. They told him he is a big priority for them.
Overall, the visit left DeVito with an even stronger view of the Orange than he had previously. So much so that he rated it a 10 out of 10.
"I was impressed with the coaches and players," DeVito said. "There was nothing that I did not like. They are definitely really high. The visited boosted them up very high."
DeVito has a visit set for Maryland on April 9th and says he wants to make a decision by the end of April.