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However, there was more to his Monday commitment to the Orange than his affinity for Babers, or the building of the program.
"With the education, they have the Newhouse School," said Williams, an athlete from White Plains (N.Y.) Archbishop Stepinac. "I want to be a (broadcaster) in life after football, so that really why I committed to Syracuse.
"I talked to my parents, and then I called (Babers) and told him this is what I want to do. He asked if my parents were ok with it. They said they were ok with it and this is where we are now. It feels great."
The 6-foot-1 1/2 ,185-pound Williams, who was committed to Rutgers for six weeks in the winter, said he could play both sides of the ball for the Orange.
He is coming off a torn ACL, which cost him much of his junior season, and said he is doing well with his rehab.
"They are talking to me about playing a little bit of both," Williams said.
The last time Williams was on Syracuse's campus was mid January for a basketball game against Boston College, and walking into the Carrier Dome still resonates with him.
"The campus is really beautiful," Williams said. "The Dome is just breathtaking. When we walked in there, I could see myself playing in the Dome."
Williams also sees a familiar face in Babers.
"He keeps it straight forward. He doesn't hold anything back," Williams said. "Whatever comes to his mind, he's going to tell you. He's not going to lie, and that's what I like in a coach. That's how my dad coached me, and that's how I look at him as a coach."