Williams joins the Orange

Rodney Williams may have been an early commitment to Syracuse, but is an important member of the class nonetheless. He discusses inking with the Orange inside.

Cherry Hill (N.J.) West safety Rodney Williams was impressive during his summer camp at Syracuse. So much so that it earned him an offer. He committed shortly afterwards, ending his recruitment early.

On Wednesday, the three-star safety put pen to paper and officially joined the Orange.

"It puts me in a great position to better my life," Williams said. "To start a cycle in my family of college success, education first then athletics. It's a huge deal to all of us, but it was nothing we didn't expect with the time, effort and support that was put into accomplishing this goal."

Williams will arrive in Central New York over the summer, and is excited about what college life may bring.

"On the field, I want to be coached up every day," Williams said. "I want to be pushed to my limits to maximize my potential and become the best player I can.

"In the classroom, I want to gain knowledge on how to bring in the most money to my company and business. Those situations will help me with my future."

Throughout the recruiting process, the players already committed to Syracuse have formed a special bond that should carry over to their time on campus.

"This is a very unusual case for our commits," Williams said. "We built a good relationship with each other starting about seven or so months ago. This will make the transition to the college training much smoother.

"Guys won't feel embarrassed if they have stuff to work on. We're a family and we'll be there for each other through thick and thin."


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