As soon as the regular season ended, the Syracuse coaching staff disbursed and hit the recruiting trail. Offensive coordinator George McDonald has spent time in Florida trying to help the Orange finish the class with a bang.
One of the players he visited during his tour of the Sunshine State is Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) High linebacker Jaboree' Williams. Williams is currently committed to Wake Forest, but the recently resignation of Jim Grobe has complicated his recruitment.
"The associate head coach (Tim Daoust) and offensive coordinator (George McDonald) have reached out to me," Williams said. "Coach McDonald stopped in to see me at school (on Wednesday). We talked about the situation at Wake Forest. We talked about the academic standpoint because academics are very, very big for me.
"Football is my passion, but academics set me up with what I want to be for the rest of my life. He discussed the medical program and that Syracuse has the school size and classroom size that I want. It's a 15-to-1 ratio with students to professor. Just based on the academic standpoint is mainly what we talked about."
Despite the late interest, Williams is impressed with how hard the Orange are coming at him.
"He told me that I'm a high priority guy and that they would love to have me," Williams said. "We set an official date. I come up Friday for the weekend. This all happened in a day, so I know if it can happen in one day they must really want me. They've told me that they really like me.
"I talked to the head coach (Scott Shafer) and he told me what the deal was. They just want me to come up and see them and get the feel."
Williams says the Orange have always been a program that has caught his attention.
"I've always had a lot of interest in Syracuse," Williams said. "Knowing that they have that great medial program. They have the 15-to-1 ratio in the classroom. Their medical school is one of the best. The interest level is very high.
"Academics are a big priority for me and my family. So that attracts me a lot. The academic standpoint."
With two official visits on the horizon, Williams is trying to take the process as it is in order to find the right home.
"I'm just trying to sit back and stay low key," Williams said. "There's a lot going on right now. After I take my official, that's when I think. I sit down and talk to my parents to talk about how the visit went. Then I can really separate the difference between Syracuse and other schools.
"I'll have to make my decision over the winter break after I take my visits so that I can make my final choice."
After Williams visits Syracuse this weekend he will be taking a trip to Pittsburgh on an official. Since he is a January enrollee, he will be making his decision after that. Wake Forest is still in the picture as well, but the coaching change along with the new dead period rules have sped up the process for the two star prospect.