As noted, this past weekend was a big deal for Syracuse Orange Football. 14 recruits, some already verbally-committed and some yet-undedicided, descended upon Syracuse's campus for a weekend visit. The hope was that at least a couple of those undecideds would make a decision.
Pennsylvania long snapper Matt Keller verbally-committed to the Orange after his visit, making him the 25th verbal of the class.
Keller told CuseNation that the staff was a huge part of the reason he decided to lock it in for SU:
"The coaching staff is a real honest staff," Keller said. "Everyone there has been tremendous to me but I really like the feel of the campus. It's not too different than where I'm from. It's not really in the city and it's a little suburban. Also, coach Gould is a great specialist coach. He was a kicker himself and knows long snapping. You don't get that at too many other schools, a guy that knows how to coach long snapping."
Keller arrives just in time as Sam Rodgers leaves after a very solid career for SU on and off the field. Rodgers made Academic All-American, was named captain and you rarely if ever heard about his play during the game, a sign that a long snapper is doing their job well.
Keller has a good chance to earn a spot atop the depth chart next season. He'll compete with Keith Mitsuuchi and walk-on Nathan Hines. Matt intends to enroll this January, which means he's giving himself every opportunity to win the job. Before he gets here, however, he'll take part in the Under Armour All-American Game in Florida in January.