There were a bunch of prospects on campus for Syracuse's spring game over the weekend. Among the most talented was Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward linebacker Troy Henderson.
"I saw the dorms," Henderson said. "The dorms were really nice. I got to go into the ones that the freshmen and sophomores stay in. They're like really nice condos. I saw the indoor field and a picture of the new practice facility that's coming in the fall. The new $17 million facility.
I saw the stadium of course and walked around in that. It was cool being able to see that. I spent a long time talking to the linebacker coach, coach Clark Lea. I talked to the head coach (Scott Shafer) for a long time. He's an Ohio guy and I got to talk to him for a good amount of time. Then I talked to the defensive coordinator (Chuck Bullough).
"I didn't realize that NFL Network ranked them the eighth best football factory in the country," he continued. "That was pretty cool. They are also are in the top-10 for most Hall of Famers. So they've got that too."
The conversations Henderson had with the Syracuse coaches were huge for the three-star outside linebacker.
"It helped our relationship a lot," Henderson said. "They were very up front and real with me. They preached hard work, attitude, effort, being disciplined and having a vision. Not just on the field but working hard in the classroom. That meant a lot to me. And I got to hear coach Shafer talk about it during the first 20-minutes of his speech to us.
"It was a junior day presentation and that was very helpful to me. He was saying that four stars and five stars don't matter to him. He just wants guys that work hard and don't take anything for granted and stay driven."
Another part of the trip that stood out was the spring game. Not only because of what he saw on the field, but who he met before the game even started.
"I liked the spring game," Henderson said. "I got to see some of the defense that they run so that was kind of cool. I was trying to imagine myself there doing what they were doing. They had this big time receiver, number one (Ashton Broyld). He was a beast and caught a couple of touchdowns.
"I met Floyd Little, a Hall of Famer who went to Syracuse of course. I got a picture with him and got to talk to him for a while. That was really cool."
The visit had a huge impact on Henderson, who said the Orange definitely moved up after seeing the campus for the first itme.
"It's one of my favorites," Henderson said. "Seeing the campus and talking to the coaches, it helped. Yeah Syracuse is one my favorites right now."
Up next for the St. Edward standout are visits to Michigan State, Duke and Northwestern. He is looking at a July or August decision, and plans to visit Syracuse a second time before then.
Troy Henderson is one of the most talented players in Ohio and Syracuse is in active pursuit. He spent time on Saturday on campus for their annual spring game, and recaps the visit with CuseNation.com inside.