One day after picking up an offer at Syracuse's camp, Cherry Hill (NJ) defensive back Rodney Williams decided to verbally commit to the Orange. The visit was all he needed to see, but he wanted to sleep on it to make sure it was the right decision.
"I talked it over with my family and my close friends," Williams explained. "I really love the campus and the facilities. The same things I was saying last night. I have a really good connection with the coaches, their defensive coordinator (Chuck Bullough) and defensive backs coach (Fred Reed).
" Also Syracuse has a great education. With everything being in place, the location of it being not too far from my family, I thought it was the right spot for me."
Williams committed during a phone call with head coach Scott Shafer. He shocked the head with his commitment.
"I committed to Coach Shafer," Williams said. "We started off with a casual conversation. I just told him I liked everything yesterday. He answered questions about a Master's degree and how that would work. Then things got serious and I told him I would like to commit. He was surprised but excited at the same time."
Family was a big key for Williams, who said after speaking with them he knew Syracuse was the right place to continue his football career.
"My parents were very supportive," Williams admitted. "They thought it was a very good fit for me. They know it's really close. Well, not really close but four hours isn't too bad. They thought it was a great fit for football and academics as well. They thought it was a really good decision on my behalf. They thanked me for all the hard work that I put in. But if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here."
The Cherry Hill West High standout says his recruitment is over and he isn't planning on taking any other visits. Now that he has made his decision, he can focus on his time on the hill.
"I definitely have to get the degree first," the 5-foot-10 safety declared. "I'm going to work towards that Master's. On the field I'm going to work as hard as I can. Help this team out any way I can at any position. I'm poised and ready to be a good leader.
"I just want to force fumbles and make interceptions and play good defense. I'm going to compete 24/7. I'm going to try to get involved in the special teams game. Maybe punt return or kick return. Whatever I can do to help the team win, I'm all for it. I'm all for the Orange."