Three-star Green Bay (Wisc.) Preble running back Henry Geil checked out Syracuse for the first time on Saturday. Geil saw the campus, the facilities, checked out an Orange basketball game and more during his time on campus.
"It was a really good visit," Geil said. "I got to hang in the players lounge with the rest of the recruits as well as meet the coaches. Personally, I spent a lot of time with the recruiting interns to try to get a first-hand view of what the players are like. We also got to see them beat Georgia Tech. It was such an honor to watch coach (Jim) Boeheim do what he does best.
"The best part for me, honestly, was the time spent with the recruiting inters. I really connected with them."
During his time with the Orange coaches, he spoke to them about a variety of topics. Among them was where he stands on their board and how much of a priority he is in the 2018 cycle.
"They said that once they get their new running backs coach, I'll be one of his first calls and first visits," Geil said. "They said they can see me as a tailback that can play multiple downs."
Geil said he spoke with one of the Syracuse offensive linemen, who spoke about how good of a fit Syracuse was for him. In fact, several players spoke highly about their experience playing for the Orange.
"They just talked about how playing there is a real honor," Geil said. "They also mentioned that you get out what you put in. So Syracuse is a ery optimistic program, which is a big part of its recent rise in the ACC."
During Syracuse basketball's 90-61 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, Geil was in attendance with his father. Geil said it was so loud the two could not hear each other despite sitting next to one another.
"They were fanatics and emotional fans," Geil said. "So it's a strong fan base."
Geil says he really likes what Syracuse brings to the table and has a lot of interest. The key, however, is hiring a new running backs coach and seeing how that relationship develops.
The three-star back has visits to Michigan State, Iowa and Iowa State scheduled for later this month.