With several JUCO prospects on Syracuse's radar, the Orange believe they can add experienced talent to their squad next season. One of their biggest JUCO targets is linebacker Joe Walker. He took his official visit this weekend and liked what he saw.
"I thought it was really fun," Walker said. "We went and saw a practice on Saturday. We hung out with the guys on the team after. Went through the meetings and stuff. It was great."
The part of the visit that impressed Walker the most were the practice and attending the meetings. It allowed him to see how the Orange prepare.
"I thought the practice was pretty cool," Walker recalled. "Going to watch the practice. It was a walk through. Wasn't really full pads. But it was still cool to see. It was just kind of laid back."
"I thought the meetings were cool. It was all like, everything's kind of changed as far as the lingo. The terminology is a little bit different. So that's what I'd have to pick up. It was cool to see though."
An important part of the trip was checking out the campus. Seeing where he could be spending the next few years of his life was important to Walker.
"I thought being able to check out the school was cool," he said. "It's a good school academically. The campus was really nice. I'm glad I got to see it."
Interacting with some of the players also had an impact on Walker. He was hosted by one of Syracuse's leaders, and enjoyed hearing what the current players think of the program.
"My host was Justin Pugh," Walker said. "I thought he was a cool guy. It was fun. We had a really good time.
"They were telling me about school and how much they loved it there. It was great to hear it from them as well."
"I thought it was a great trip," Walker admitted. "I'm just going to take my last trip and then make my decision. I want to evaluate things after that.
"I wasn't really thinking about all of that on the trip. I was just soaking it all in while I was there."
With the Oregon trip the last of his official visits yet, Walker knows he is closing in on his decision. It should come soon after his visit next weekend.
"I'm trying to do it as soon as I can," Walker said. "Sooner rather than later. Hopefully within a week or two."