Three-star wide receiver Shamar Graves out of Woodbridge, N.J. took his first official visit of the season to Syracuse this past weekend. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder with 4.54-speed rated his trip a perfect 10. What stood out about the Orange to Graves?
"It was a really nice trip and I liked it a lot there," he said. "I like that they have the No. 1 journalism/mass communications program in the country and I had a good connection with the coaching staff. I also like that the coaches have good religious background and I feel that Greg Robinson has a good thing going with the West Coast offensive scheme."
The No. 38 receiver in the country was hosted by Lavar Lobdell and Steven Simms.
"I was able to talk with all the players and I can tell they really want to win," he said. "I'm down with them and I won't back out of my interest just because they are 1-7. I like that all the players didn't say you have to come to Syracuse, but instead they said make the best decision for you."
Over the weekend, Graves did a lot on his visit.
"I got there on Friday night and hung out with the players," he said. "Then on Saturday I got a tour of the campus and hung out in the dorms and saw the game. This morning I had breakfast and then met with the academic people and the fitness trainer."
What did the No. 15 player in New Jersey think of the Orangemen's loss to Cincinnati?
"It was a good game they needed to win, but Cincinnati beat them," he said. "I felt like I could make plays on certain calls out there and the atmosphere was nice, but of course it would be a lot better if they were winning. The fans that were there did show there spirit though."
The big question remains where does Syracuse stand for Graves?
Shamar Graves VideoClick "I'd say right now they are in my top five, but I don't know who else is up there with them," he said. "Next visit I'm considering is an official to Wisconsin. I'm also still looking at Notre Dame, Penn State, Georgia, Rutgers, West Virginia, Connecticut and Boston College. I like that they are all good programs, good schools and they have tradition."Here to view this Link.