Syracuse participated in one of several satellite camps featuring their coaching staff on Friday. That one was at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, one of Florida's high school powers. The school routinely produces top division one talent, and this gave the Orange an opportunity to put their name in the minds of talent and see prospects from other local schools.
One of those was 2018 Homestead (Fla.) Keys Gate Charter defensive end Patrick Joyner. He arrived a bit late, but was still able to participate and interact with the Syracuse coaches. He was impressed by what they taught him.
"For the time being (there), they were very organized and tried to (get) me to my full potential," Joyner said. "I learned how to use my hands more, get off the ball faster and get off blocks easier."
No doubt all of those techniques will help him as he develops heading into his junior season. Seeing that potential given his performance in the camp and his raw athleticism, Syracuse extended an offer.
After meeting most of the staff during the camp, Joyner was excited about it. He said (defensive line) coach Vince Reynolds was the one who extended the offer.
"I was very excited," he said. "It was an unbelievable moment."
Syracuse is not his only offer, however. Illinois had previously extended a scholarship opportunity, so Joyner has options. It is also still very early in his recruitment, so more offers in the future would not be a surprise.
The next step for Joyner is to continue to develop a relationship with the Orange coaches and to see the campus in person to get a feel for the program and atmosphere. Joyner says he will "most definitely" try to get up to Central New York before the summer ends.