Ryan Bartholomew Set to Sign With Syracuse

After a great senior season, Maryland offensive lineman Ryan Bartholomew is projected as a key component to Syracuse's recruiting class -- and after a strong official visit, he is set to sign his letter of intent for the Orange on signing day.

"It was a great season. We went 11-1 and won the state championship. We beat Good Counsel in the final game. I feel I played well," Bartholomew said.

Bartholomew was also able to check out the campus when he took his official visit.

"I really loved what I saw from Syracuse while I was there. I like how the central part of the campus is so compact. It seems like it will be a comfortable place to go to school. I was impressed with the new facilities."

"I also got the chance to tour the campus and learn about the university. It was a great trip. I really enjoyed myself out there, and it has me ready to get there and get started," Bartholomew explained.

The Scout.com two-star prospect also liked what he heard from the coaching staff while he was on the visit and he thinks that if he puts in the work that he could make an early impact with the team.

"I also got the chance to sit down with the coaching staff and talk about how they might plan to use me in the future. They are going to use me as a guard and I know there is an opportunity for some early playing time. If I get up there and work hard and play the way I know I that I can, then there could be a strong chance that I will see the field early."

Syracuse may also be trying to recruit Bartholomew's teammate, Reggie Gibson, and he would not mind spending his college days with his high school teammate.

"Syracuse is recruiting Reggie. I work on him as hard as I can -- it would be nice to go in with someone that I know."

"If I was in a room with a fellow recruit by myself, I would tell them that it gets no better than Syracuse. They have great facilities and a great coaching staff. At Syracuse, you have the opportunity to come in and play for an NFL staff. They know what it takes to get you on to the next level and that is what most players are looking for when they pick their school," Bartholomew said.

Bartholomew was honored after a successful senior season by being named as a first team All State Selection, and a second team All-Met selection.

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