Syracuse has yet to add defensive backfield talent to their 2014 class. They added another prospect to their radar on Thursday. Cherry Hill (NJ) defensive back Rodney Williams picked up an offer from the Orange after a camp.
"I came out to camp today," Williams described. "I got there a little bit early. I got to see the campus and the Dome and see all the facilities. I liked it a lot. We started out at camp with some stretches and agility drills. They were all timed. I finally got my ten feet for my broad jump. I ran about a 4.58 40-time.
"But they said because of the soft padding on their turf they believe it's around a 4.49. I was happy with that. Definitely."
During the camp, Williams was able to get a few extra reps in due to the small number of prospects in attendance. That extra work benefited Williams as he was able to impress the Syracuse coaches.
"We were doing some DB individual drills," Williams explained. "I went four or five times during one on ones because there weren't that many defensive backs there. I did pretty well covering and jamming at the corner position.
"Coach (Scott Shafer) pulled me over and said they wanted to offer me a full scholarship but they wanted me to play safety."
The offer was mission accomplished for the 5-foot-10 prospect.
"I was very excited," Williams admitted. "That was what I came there for, but I was very excited. I told them I hadn't played much fundamentally at safety but they said they think I have the skills to come and they can teach me how to do it."
Syracuse has already started to build a relationship with Williams as they had been in contact prior to the camp. That has helped the Cherry Hill (NJ) product feel more comfortable with the staff.
"I've actually talked to them before," Williams recalled. "They came to my school one month or two months ago. They told my coach that they watched my football and basketball film, and that I'm a really good athlete. They also said they like me as a person, but I didn't get to talk to them too much.
"It was Coach (Tim) Daoust. I actually had the wrong number for him for three weeks so I didn't get to talk to him until today. But I really like the coaching staff. They really like me as well."
The offer from Syracuse throws the Orange right into the mix for Williams' services.
"The only other offers I have are Temple and Buffalo," Williams claimed. "I've been to big schools and done very well at their camps. But I don't think they're going to put me at the top of their list. I went to Pitt this last weekend.
"I talked to them on Wednesday and they said they have a local guy they're waiting on to make a decision. If he didn't go there, then they would probably shoot me an offer. So I haven't been at the top of the list. So leaving Syracuse and getting an offer the same day that has a big impact."
Interestingly, the offer could move up Williams decision time frame. Discussing things with his family will be important, but it appears that Syracuse is in a good position.
"Well, I'm not sure when I'm going to make my decision," Williams said. "I'm going to talk to my family and everything. I really like the campus and the academics (at Syracuse). I was thinking about making a decision in August, but it may come before that."