Syracuse football hosted over a dozen prospects this past weekend for their game against Florida State. One of the top 2018 players making the trip was linebacker Jesse Luketa. It was his first time on campus, and he left impressed.
"Amazing," he said. "Tough loss, but just showed me if I decide to make it home, I will change the program early. Alongside Tyrell (Richards)."
Luketa says he and Richards are friends. The connection goes back to Luketa being originally from Canada but transferring into the United States to play high school football.
In addition to Richards, Luketa bonded with another prospect visiting over the weekend. Junior college tight end Ravian Pierce, who was on an official visit.
"Ravian is my boy," Luketa said. "We connected today. Love that boy."
The junior standout linebacker also spent a lot of time with the Orange coaches. He continues to develop a strong relationship with the staff.
"Coaches were absolutely ecstatic to finally have me on campus," Luketa said. "Got the opportunity to speak with coach Babers after the game. Told me that me and Tyrell will change the program. We're bigger, faster and stronger than (other) linebackers, and that's what he needs."
Luketa said he got goose bumps listening to Babers' message. The trip only enhanced where the Orange stand with him.
"Honeslty, love the Syracuse staff," he said. "Can honestly say I have the strongest relationship with them out of all the schools that have offered me."
Luketa says he plans to return for another visit, likely for a basketball game.