Recently, Syracuse offered three-star defensive back Simeon Thomas. Being late in the game, some may think that would not have a big impact on the talented prospect. However, he says it put Syracuse in the mix for his services.
"I got the Syracuse offer and I thought it was cool," Thomas said. "I spoke to Syracuse before the season but I didn't know then that Coach (George) McDonald would be the offensive coordinator. Then when I got the Syracuse offer, it means a lot.
One of the big reasons why Syracuse moved into his top three was his relationship with new offensive coordinator George McDonald. The two have known each other for a few years and that has meant a lot to Thomas.
"At Miami, he recruited me," the Miami Carol product said. "He's been recruiting me since my sophomore year. My relationship with Coach McDonald is cool. He's a down to earth guy. He's just a great guy. He's going to keep it straight up with you. When he was with Miami, I wasn't sure if I was going to get that offer. But when I found out he went to Syracuse, I jumped at him to let him know I was still on the market. He asked me to show him my tape and I had an offer the next day.
"He didn't mention much about the style Syracuse plays but he asked if I feel more comfortable playing at corner or safety. I told him I can play both but I prefer corner."
Having already visited Hawaii and Clemson, the Orange are next on the slate and will be his final official visit before signing day. He already knows what he will be looking for when he travels up north to see the campus.
"I'm going to look at everything," Thomas remarked. "I want to get a good feel for everything from an academic standpoint. I look at everything also from a football standpoint. Can I play with those guys, can I ball with them. Do I like the coaches and does it feel like a place where I can play. Things like that.
"After I visit Syracuse, I would have to sit down with my mom and dad and see where I want to spend the next three or four years of my life. On signing day, I will make my final decision."
The good news for Syracuse is they have someone on the roster who has a previous connection to Thomas. Durell Eskridge played against Thomas in high school, and the two have been in communication recently.
"I can't remember his name, but the safety number three," the Miami (FL) product recalled. "He played against me when he was at Miami Central. My freshman year I played against him. He tells me a little bit about Syracuse every now and then. He says it's cool up there. So we'll have to wait and see."