Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard defensive end Jordan Wright is one of the most coveted prospects in the Sunshine State, and his offer list reflects that. Over the weekend, the three-star prospect visited Syracuse, a school that has been recruiting him hard for some time.
During the trip, Wright got to do a lot of things that helped him get a feel for the Orange program. Even with checking out the facilities, seeing the dorms, checking out the academics and more, it was something else that stood out about the visit.
"Chilling with the players and coaches," Wright said. "Because having a bond/friendship is one of the important things. Also getting a chance to talk to coach Boeheim."
Wright did speak with Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim. They spoke about the possibility of him walking on to the basketball team. Coach Boeheim told Wright that he could help out the program and would have a chance to play both sports if that was his desire. Not only does that interest him, but being able to do so for a coach he calls "legendary" brings even more appeal to that option.
The 6-foot-6 defensive end said he was able to get to know the Syracuse football coaches on a much more personal level. According to him, it felt like they have all known each other for a long time.
In addition, Wright participated in the Syracuse camp on Sunday. He did not need to in order to achieve an offer, but did so to get a better feel for how the staff coaches and to compete with other talent in attendance.
"The camp was great," he said. "The coaching was good. They said what they said wasn't half of the stuff, so just imagine how much stuff I can learn with more time."
Wright has offers from Alabama, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, USC and plenty of other big time programs. But Syracuse has something none of them do. His cousin.
Kenneth Ruff is Wright's cousin and the two are very close. Ruff continues to recruit his friend to join him on The Hill, potentially as the starting defensive ends of the future for SU.
"It was good," Wright said of spending time with his cousin. "I actually stayed in his dorm. The whole team had a bond. No one was isolated out."
That bond, something he already shared with his cousin, was something that left a lasting impression on Wright. That is an important quality he wants to see in the school he ultimately selects.
Wright says Syracuse is firmly in his top five, but did not name any definitive leaders. He says he is hoping to decide sometime during his senior season. He has a visit to check out USC starting on Tuesday.