Syracuse landed a big commitment on Sunday as Bethlehem (PA) Liberty High wide receiver K.J. Williams pulled the trigger. Most figured the Orange had a shot due to his cousin, A.J. Long, having already pledged. Williams says those people were right.
"Of course it's probably what everybody things," Williams explained. "My cousin's up there and he can throw me the ball. But also it's the coaches. They treated me really well and I liked that. So, that's really what made me interested in them."
The coaches were a big reason why Williams picked Syracuse. The entire staff recruited him very hard, making him a big priority for their 2014 class.
"As soon as my cousin committed to them, he showed me to them and they were on me real quick," the 6-foot-3 receiver recalled. "From day one since they started recruiting me, they were on me. I respect that a whole lot.
"That's what made me interested. I didn't have just one main recruiter; I got to talk to everybody. I liked that a lot."
Williams and Long have had the dream of playing football together at the college level for some time. That dream became a reality on Sunday.
"It's a great feeling," Williams admitted. "There's someone that I know that's going to be throwing the ball that I don't have to worry about getting the ball or not. I'll be one of his main targets of course. Our connection together is really good, so that helps out a whole lot."
Williams' immediate family is supportive of his choice, despite their preference of another institution.
"My family, to be honest, wanted me to go to Michigan," the four star wide receiver claimed. "But once they got that last commit, I just thought, ‘alright Syracuse is my decision then.' They went along with it and they're really happy for me."
Williams says hearing from other Syracuse commits helped throughout the process. He knows his commitment could have a big impact on the Orange's 2014 class. The Liberty High standout may even join their efforts.
"Yeah I just might," Williams said. "They all told me while they were trying to get me to come to the school that if I commit it will probably help them out. So I guess we'll see what happens."
Williams is now focused on his career at Syracuse. He is looking at getting better during his upcoming senior season so that he can be one of the best to wear Orange.
"One of my main goals is to be one of the best receivers to ever play at Syracuse University," Williams declared. "That's my goal with wherever I go. I try to be the best I can be.
"I'm just trying to do me. I don't want to worry about anything, just go out there and play the game. I'm just going to shut down (my recruitment) and rock on with Syracuse."