When talking to Wayne Williams, two things are very apparent.
1. He is always trying to represent Syracuse University, where he is committed, as well as the entire New York City area.
2. He is never satisfied with where he is at, it's always about taking the next step.
Both qualities are welcomed by Orange fans, who are in need of big athletes like Williams in the transition to the ACC. The 6-foot-5, 350-pound defensive tackle is getting more attention as well - shooting up to a three-star ranking by FOX Sports NEXT.
"I'm going to go for that fifth (star) or even a four and a half," he said on Friday upon learning of the news. "New York players get under looked."
In order to improve in Scout's eyes, Williams is looking ahead to a big season at ASA in Brooklyn (N.Y.).
"I've got to showcase my talents some more," he said.
A teammate, and fellow BCS-level prospect, can help out in Williams' on-the-field growth. Leon Brown, who plays offensive tackle at ASA and is committed to Alabama, jumped up to a four-star on the network. The two often battle in practice, and each admits the other is a load.
But Williams went the politically correct way in discussing what it's like to go against Brown.
Said the SU pledge with a chuckle, "You almost got me with that question, but I'm going to go the professional route and say it's a good battle."
ASA kicks off its 2012 season against Albright College on September 2.