One of Syracuse's top defensive targets in the 2017 class is inside linebacker prospect Marcus Bowman from Frederick Douglass High in Maryland. Bowman was on the Orange campus on Sunday for their camp.
It was an experience he won't forget.
"The camp went well," Bowman said. "I learned new techniques. I think I performed okay. All of the coaches there are really cool. They made me feel like family at home."
Bowman was coached by the Syracuse defensive staff, including linebackers coach Tom Kaufman. The talented backer said he enjoyed being taught by them during the camp. It gave him some insight into what it would be like to be a part of the program.
"Their coaching is good," Bowman said. "They're straightforward with you. If you're not doing good with something, they will let you know. They were very energetic and yes, I have a lot of energy."
The staff spent time making sure Bowman knew how much of a priority he is for their 2017 class. They did this before and after the camp during the unofficial visit portion of his trip.
Hearing how much they want him left an impression on the 6-foot-3 linebacker.
"They told me that I am a really big priority," Bowman said. "That they really want me to play for them because they need more guys like me. It felt good hearing that."
Bowman says Syracuse is in his top three and he is not looking to decide until signing day.