It is no secret that Syracuse puts a premium on talented players in the trenches. Even with a reputation for having a high flying offense, head coach Dino Babers believes success starts inside with the offensive line. That was evident with their 2016 signees as well as their targets in 2017.
One of the players they remain in constant communication with is Owen Drexel out of Montclair High in New Jersey. He says he spoke with the Orange as recently as Monday.
"Yes sir," Drexel said. "I had an hour phone call with both coach Vince (Reynolds) and coach (Mike) Lynch about me."
Drexel says the phone call went very well and he loves the Syracuse staff. He visited back in February and came away impressed. His relationship with the coaches has only grown over the past two-plus months.
The next step is for Drexel to attend a camp and then look to visit again soon after.
"Maybe after the satellite camp down in Jersey I'll head back up there," he said. "They want me and my bro Joshua Fedd-Jackson to go there so we can talk with the coaching staff."
The Syracuse coaching staff are not the only ones recruiting Drexel for the Orange. Quarterback commit Tommy DeVito has his attention as well.
"I wouldn't mind snapping for Tommy either," Drexel said. "We talked a little at The Opening last weekend. I have a lot of friends in the big north and I've seen what he's done against a lot of top level talent."
Drexel said DeVito told him about what the staff is doing putting a really strong class together. The interest in Drexel is mutual, and Syracuse will continue to pursue. The ability to see him in person during the satellite camp will provide the coaches with an invaluable live evaluation that could shape the recruitment with Syracuse going forward.
A strong performance would likely garner an offer. Even without one, Drexel says his interest remains high on the Orange.null