Syracuse Orange football verbal commit Tyler Provo joined numerous recruits/commits on the Syracuse University campus for a recent official visit.
But, the grounds of the university are not an unknown environment for Provo.
"It's not my first time being on campus," said Provo. "I've been there quite a bit. I talked to [offensive coordinator] coach [Nathaniel] Hackett a lot before the visit, just being on campus when my brother was there, so it was just the usual. I'm pretty comfortable around coach Hackett. We can talk about anything."
As far as how long he visited Syracuse University this time around, Provo stated, "I was up there for two days."
"First day…I pretty much just talked to all the coaches," Provo shared. "They showed me the locker room. They showed me the cafeteria, showed me the practice field, the indoor practice field. They are really nice. I liked them a lot."
After seeing the facilities that Syracuse University has to offer, "We went out to dinner, all th recruits, and talked some more," Provo said.
"Second day," Provo continued, "we just hanged out, got to know each other a little bit better…The second night, we saw the Syracuse basketball team play."
Asked what he thought about being in the Carrier Dome for a hard-court match, Provo remarked, "It was alright. I really don't care about the basketball. I know they're good, but I'm just worried about making a bowl game."
Another commit on the official visit with Provo, who is also looking for success with Syracuse, was quarterback Austin Wilson.
"Me and Austin hanged out a lot on the visit…he's pretty cool guy. I like ‘em," Provo expressed.
As far as what Provo and Austin discussed, Provo shared, "We just talked about how it's gonna be, when we get there and how fast the tempo is."
Despite being newcomers to the team for next season, Provo stated, "We both think we have a pretty good shot at getting some playing time."
"I plan to split time with Beckett Wales is what I'm planning to do," said Provo. Wales was Syracuse's leading tight end for the 2012 regular season. Playing in 10 of the team's 12 regular season matches, he caught 32 passes for a total of 350 yards, including one reception for a touchdown.
"I hanged out with him and talked to him a little bit," Provo said of his time with Wales during his official visit. "The one day where they had practice, we talked for a little bit."
"We just really didn't talk about football that much," Provo added. "We just talked about how each of us were doing and stuff, ‘cause I haven't seen him in awhile."
"Beckett used to be my brother's roommate, before he left." Provo's brother, Nick, played for the Orange, also as tight end, before graduating after the 2011-12 season.
Concerning Wilson getting on the field as well, Provo shared, "He knows there's a lot of quarterbacks, so he knows when he gets here, he's gonna have to show what he can do."
With Wilson and returning backup Charley Loeb in the mix for the quarterback vacancy that comes as a result of Ryan Nassib's graduation, Provo said, "I'm pretty comfortable," with each of the two quarterbacks.
In reference to Zach Allen, also coming in with Wilson as a freshman quarterback, Provo remarked, "Zach [Allen], I really like haven't got a chance to bond with him yet, but I feel pretty comfortable with Austin [Wilson]. He's a pretty cool guy."
Provo, speaking on Wilson, said, "We just got along really well. We hanged out later that night after dinner with players that like watched us. And we just talked a lot and stuff."
"I talk to Austin all the time. He texts me every once in awhile."
"We [are] both goofy guys," Provo added, something he said he also shares with Hackett.
As far as what current Orange players Provo and Wilson spent time with while on the visit, Provo said that the two "hanged out with some of the running backs. I hanged out with a couple of the linemen. I hanged out with Charley [Loeb], one of the quarterbacks. I hanged out with [wide receivers] Alec Lemon [and] Jarrod [West]."
"Pretty much they all know me from my brother (former Syracuse tight end Nick Provo), so we all got along pretty well," Provo shared.
Throughout his final high school season, Provo has commented on his anxiousness to start playing college football. That has only amplified as he edges closer to playing for the Orange.
"I've been working out pretty hard," Provo expressed. "I've been running harder. I'm pretty excited."
Provo agreed that it is more real now that he has gotten to meet other recruits. That did not end with the official visit. Provo will be playing alongside Laray Smith, a running back from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, New York, of whom Syracuse has expressed interest in.
Provo and Smith will join their talents as members of the East team in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in California. "It was pretty much the best game I had for one and it's California," said Provo. "It's nice to get away for a little bit ‘cause I [have] never been to California before, so I would like to check that out."
Provo and the rest of the high school athletes participating will arrive on Sunday, December 30th and practice from the December 31st to January 3rd, before playing the game at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, on January 4th, 2013, at 3pm ET.
Defensive back Wayne Morgan, a current member of the Syracuse football team, competed in the same game, but for the West squad, in 2012.
"One of the coaches told me about it and I said what's up to him but I really didn't like talk to him about the game," Provo said, referring to Morgan.
Looking back on his official visit as a whole on what would be a lasting memory for him, Provo remarked, "Yeah, just hanging out with Charley [Loeb] and all the offensive players that are already there." "Alec Lemon and Jarrod [West], just hanging out with them, having a good time with them was pretty fun. I'll remember that for awhile."
Tyler Provo, a verbal commit for Syracuse's upcoming 2013-14 football season, discusses his official visit and upcoming national game with CuseNation.com inside.
Provo talks about his official visit, including his growing bond with Austin Wilson