'Cuse Helps Themselves

Oscar F. Smith High School safety Raysean Richardson admitted earlier this week that he knew absolutely nothing about Syracuse when he received his written offer, however a visit on Monday helped put the Orange in a great position for the Tidewater area product.

Raysean Richardson is being recruited by Syracuse to play weak side linebacker, something the 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete is excited about and on Monday he had the chance to drive up to campus from Chesapeake, Va., to meet the coaches and finally learn a bit about the program.

"I didn't know anything about Syracuse, but I like them a lot now that I learned what they're all about up there," Richardson said. "Going into this visit I knew absolutely nothing. They're really into making sure you're ready for life after college and you can see they care about you as person and what happens to you if you don't make it to the league or get hurt. It felt good knowing that they cared more you off the field then on the field, but at the same time you could see you were going to get really good coaching from them."

"I got to sit down with Coach Shafer and he showed me how their blitzes worked and how their formations broke down in their 4-3 defense and I can definitely see myself playing in that defense," Richardson explained. "I also talked to Head Coach Doug Marrone who just told us how much he loved the program and why he came back to Syracuse from the NFL to coach there. I really felt at home up there, I got a great feeling up on campus and everyone I met was just really nice up there."

"My favorite thing about the visit was sitting down with the people in the sports management department and learning about the education we would receive up there. I liked to hear how we'd be taken care of academically if we ended up going there. Now that I've been up there and I know about them I'm definitely interested in Syracuse. I just had to get up there and find out what they were all about, which I think I did."

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