The recruitment of Bethlehem (PA) Liberty High wide receiver K.J. Williams has been largely behind the scenes. Williams himself has not given updates in some time. Instead, we have to rely on his coach and his cousin to see where things stand.
The most recent bit of news is one to make Syracuse fans feel like they are in a good position to land the four star prospect. According to A.J. Long, Williams is set to decide in mid-July. Michigan is essentially out of the equation with the recent commitment of Freddy Canteen.
Williams is all but signed, sealed and delivered for the Orange. A Miami offer could change things, but it isn't likely to come. Not only do the Hurricanes already have two wide receiver commits already, but they are in on several big time prospects who have yet to decide. K.J. Williams is not in their plans, it seems.
Should Williams make a verbal commitment to Syracuse, should there be concern of a flip? A.J. Long says not at all.
"No he's not like that," Long said.
There should be excitement from a Syracuse fan base clamoring for a pickup in recruiting with this new staff. They've seen it already with early commitments from talented players like Zaire Franklin, Colton Moskal, the aforementioned A.J. Long, Parris Bennett, and others. The addition of Williams would be a sign that things are turning around.
It isn't so much about what Williams could mean to Syracuse on the field. That is important, as wide receiver is a position in need of some talent in the coming years. But it's about the perception off the field. Finally able to land a four star prospect who was wanted by other major programs.
Make no mistake about it. Despite Michigan backing off of late, they pushed for an early commitment during Williams' trips to Ann Arbor. When he didn't pull the trigger, they moved on. There was definite interest there and Williams' commitment would have been accepted.
So a verbal pledge from Williams would mean Syracuse won a recruiting battle for a prized prospect over Michigan, UCLA, Wisconsin and Rutgers among others. If that is a sign of things to come, that's exciting for Orange fans.
Don't confuse the point. Syracuse fans shouldn't expect top-10 recruiting classes with multiple five star studs year after year. But it does give hope that Syracuse can win some of these battles. It shows the staff has a plan and is executing it.
More than that, it shows other talented prospects that Syracuse is a landing spot they should seriously consider. Especially in the northeast.
"You have no idea how excited I am," Long said about the possibility of Williams committing. Syracuse fans should feel the same way about the recruiting potential going forward.