Syracuse was successful in keeping homegrown talent in the 2014 class with West Genesee High product Naesean Howard. While the 2015 class is still in full swing, the Orange are looking towards future classes to accomplish the same goal.
Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse is home to 2017 wide receiver Noah Jordan-Williams who impressed the coaching staff during a summer camp. Syracuse offered before he left the camp, which left the sophomore standout speechless.
”It was just amazing,” Jordan-Williams said. “It’s a great opportunity and a great accomplishment. At first, I was just shocked. I didn’t know what to say or think. But I realized that I want to be a division one football player and I have to get used to talking to colleges.
”Syracuse, that’s a great program and I really had a great time at the camp. I just loved it.”
There was good reason why the Orange liked Jordan-Williams. He is a smooth athlete and looks natural as a receiver. Those traits stood out during his camp performance which led to the offer.
”They loved my route running and speed that I have,” Jordan-Williams said. “They said I have great hands. They just saw so much potential in me. They said I could be one of their guys and be a really great player for them.”
Recently, CBA scrimmaged against Cicero-North Syracuse. While the Brothers only ran a few basic plays, there are still plenty of things to work on against a different opponent that cannot be accomplished during ordinary practices.
”Just coming off the ball hard every single time,” Jordan-Williams said. “Blocking is key. That’s a key component to being a receiver. Not a lot of receivers think that blocking is important but it’s a huge thing. So I get to work on that. Work on my route running and my hands.
”It’s really good practice going full speed against another team.”
The season starts Saturday for the Brothers. Jordan-Williams is looking forward to improving and helping CBA defend their Class AA title.
”I just want to have a great year,” Jordan-Williams said. “I just want to do the best I can and get better every game.”