Syracuse (N.Y.) Fayetteville-Manlius athlete Eric Coley's father is on the Syracuse staff in defensive line coach Vince Reynolds. That does not mean he is a sure thing to pick the Orange, however. He has to earn his spot and prove worthy of an offer.
Coley did that and picked up the scholarship opportunity back in February.
On Sunday, the athlete that Syracuse likes as a defensive pack participated in a camp at SU.
"Camp went well for me," Coley said. "Got some praises from coaches. I personally think I did well. I gave my best effort. I learned that I need to make improvements when playing off the receiver and not playing press man.
"I took the coaching well. They wanted us high tempo, running everywhere we went. And that's what coach Babers wants and brings to the table. I like his style of play."
Coley was one of the standouts in the defensive back group at Syracuse camp. His combination of size, athleticism and length make him a difficult matchup for receivers.
That is why the Syracuse staff likes him as a prospect regardless of the connection with his father. So the question is where does Coley's interest stand?
"I have an interest in the University," he said. "They could be an option considering my family is there. My little brother is there who I want to see grow up. They are up there on the list."
Coley says he has a great relationship with defensive backs coach Nick Monroe. Coley likes Monroe's personality and feels comfortable around him.
Besides camping at Syracuse, Coley has also been to Penn State, Boston College and Maryland. Purdue and Notre Dame are in the near future.