Long Island (N.Y.) Saint Anthony's defensive end prospect John-Kevin Dolce just visited Syracuse. What did the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder think of the Orange?
"I learned a lot about coach Robinson," he said. "I like it over there and I learned some things. I was translating their defense to mine since they are similar and they gave me an inside look as to what college life is like. I loved all the coaches, offensive line coach Wiley was really cool and he started doing card tricks with me.
"I also saw a scrimmage and both the offense and defense have their upsides, they're looking like they are going to be really good. I was pretty impressed with the teams they got in there now. The facilities were really nice and I like the athletic dome. There's the locker room, meeting rooms and everything is accessible within two minutes which is nice. It's just a nice school that is not too far from where I live and my family has accessibility to it, so that's really good."
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Where does the visit put Syracuse among his favorites?
"I have no favorites," he said. "There are so many schools to look at right now, but I like them a lot."
Dolce has received mail from schools including Boston College, Penn State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Central Florida and Kansas State among others.
"My cousin is a defensive end at Kansas State, so I'm definitely hoping other schools in the Big 12 will get interested too," he said. "I like Kansas State and I would like to see more of it. I'm comfortable with them because my cousin is there and if you know someone at the school, it's easier and it would be cool to play with my him. But I have to just see what school is right for me."
Right now, Dolce is getting ready for combines including the Penn State Nike Camp and the Elite College Combine in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"I'm hitting the weight room and doing a lot of hard training," he said. "I'm not working for specific combines; I'm just trying to work everything all around. During the offseason, I've gained so much more knowledge of the game and I know more of how the defense operates and just recognition is better. Also my strength and speed are improving day by day."
With the work he's putting in, what is he hoping out of his senior year at Saint Anthony's?
"We're just trying to go to another championship," he said. "We just won our fourth championship and we're going to try to five-peat. I'm a team captain and we start the season off at Don Bosco and we want to wreck them at their own house, since they beat us last year."
This summer Dolce plans to attend camps at Syracuse and Maryland.
Last season the lineman turned out 57 tackles, 10 for loss, four sacks and three deflected passes.