A class of 2018 wide receiver prospect who has picked up some early offers is Sean Ryan out of Erasmus High in Brooklyn. One of his most recent offers came from in-state Syracuse, who extended the scholarship opportunity during their satellite camp at his school.
Ryan left impressed both by the camp itself and the Orange coaches.
"The camp was very exciting," Ryan said. "Everything went smooth. I felt very relaxed and not worried. The camp was very competitive and intense with lots of high caliber athletes. So it made the camp interesting.
"The Syracuse coaches were very professional and taught me a lot. Also, giving me a lot of tips to better my game."
What specifically did the SU coaches work on with the 6-foot-2 receiver in order to help him improve his game?
"Mainly deception," Ryan said. "Making sure you can catch the attention of a (defensive back), selling him you're going one way knowing you're going the another way. Also, body position. Being able to make the spectacular catches.
"The coaches helped me with my footwork, my ability to stop on a dime while running my routes. Eyes on the ball and stuff like that."
It was not just the specific techniques that left Ryan with a strong impression of the coaching ability of the Syracuse staff. It was the way they conducted themselves and were focused on teaching.
"The coaches did an awesome job of making the drills very understandable," Ryan said. "That made me very comfortable. Also, over explaining the drills to help us understand. I'm used to a lot of coaches telling us one time only. I made it my duty to be an extremely coachable athlete."
Ryan did so well during the camp that Syracuse decided to extend an offer. It was a joyous moment for the rising junior.
"I found out I received the offer after the camp," Ryan said. "They seemed to be impressed with my athletic ability and enjoyed watching me perform at the camp. I was very excited for myself because it shows me and my coaches hard work is finally paying off."
It may be early in the process, but Syracuse has made an impression on Ryan. The next step is developing his relationship with the coaching staff and see where things move going forward.
"I like the school," Ryan said. "They most definitely stand close depending on my parents decision on how close or far they want me to go for college. My interest is honestly my education.
"That's my main priority because no one is guaranteed to go far in football. So I'm focusing on going to school, getting a good education while doing what I love. Also, making my family proud."
Ryan says he plans to visit Syracuse, Maryland, Ohio State and several others this summer.