October 21, 2010
4 star tackle talks visit
Offensive line is one position teams like to stock up on. Over the weekend Syracuse hosted one of the top offensive linemen in the country. That player is Donovan Smith out of Owings Mills, Maryland.
Smith, 6-foot-5, 270 pounds has over twenty offers and Syracuse is hanging tight in the race to land the prospect and he likes the turnaround happening in New York.
"I like the program and they are up and coming as you can see they are 4-2 right now," Smith said. "They are changing things around there and I like that a lot."
When it comes to the program Smith immediately thinks of Doug Marrone when he thinks of Syracuse.
"When I think about the program I think about Coach Marrone. When I was talking with him we may have talked about football for five minutes and then I would say ten to fifteen minutes was about how they teach their players to be good husbands, fathers, and things like that. After football is over you are going to go home to a wife and kids or the real world."
The positive thoughts on Syracuse and a thought about a visit was something that Smith was not always thinking about because Syracuse was one of his latest offers.
"My thoughts on Syracuse have changed a lot because at first I was not really thinking about them. They came into the picture kind of let, but I gave them a chance and just listen and do my homework. I definitely like what they have to offer."
On Saturday Smith visited the Orange and came away impressed with what they had to offer.
"I actually took a visit Saturday for their homecoming game against Pittsburgh. I liked the campus a lot between the quad and the Carrier Dome and how they have everything set up is nice and compacted."
What exactly stuck out for the four star football prospect on his visit?
"It was going to the Carrier Dome and seeing Jim Brown's jersey and seeing that and all the forty four's and all that there. I have never seen anything like that with all of the forty fours I really liked it."
Before and during the game the Syracuse fans also surprised Smith.
"The fans, you can tell that they are really interested in Syracuse Football," Smith stated. "I liked it a lot and I liked walking through the quad and saw everybody in their blue and orange. During warm ups you could tell they were crisp on how they team did their pregame. The fans go crazy even during warm ups."
Not only did Smith have a great visit to Syracuse, but there is one relationship he has with a coach that goes deeper than football.
"Coach Moore is recruiting me. Our relationship is very strong he actually grew up where I was born in Hempstead, New York. We have a lot in common."
Rob Moore might be the Syracuse coach leading the charge for Smith, but Doug Marrone and Greg Adkins are doing what they can as well.
"I speak with Coach Adkins as well they try to alternate their calls from all three of the coaches."
Still with a lot of offers in hand and visit to take the Orange sit in a solid spot for Smith's commitment, but they are not his top school at the moment.
"I have not made a second cut, but Penn State is in the lead and I have Michigan State, UCLA, and Syracuse following them."
Does Syracuse have a chance to jump Penn State for the number one spot?
"It is definitely a possibility for them to jump up to the number one spot. It is just a matter of time and we will all see."
Syracuse will have plenty of time to continue to make an impression on the Maryland product as he does not plan to commit anytime soon.
"I was thinking about making my decision at one of the all star games or on signing day."
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