September 1st marked the first day that college coaches were allowed to contact 2017 prospects directly. Previously, all communication was indirect through coaches. Now, college coaches can reach out directly, primarily through social media.
Both Orange commits, Daewood Davis and Isaiah McDuffie were contacted through Twitter direct message. As were some of their top targets in the class, including 4-star receiver Juwan Burgess, 4-star receiver Anthony White and local receiver Noah Jordan-Williams.
Syracuse assistant Bobby Acosta contacted Davis, Burgess, White and Jordan-Williams. Davis said that he also heard from Joe Adam, Tim Lester and Eric White. The message was simple. Let them know that Syracuse thought highly of their abilities and wish them luck on their upcoming season.
For local product Noah Jordan-Williams, he also had a plethora of coaches reach out.
”Cole Dial, Eric White, coach (Jake) Moreland, coach (Tim) Lester and coach (Bobby) Acosta,” Jordan-Williams said. “They all said something along the lines of good luck this season and they are looking forward to me doing big things.”
Jordan-Williams attends local CBA in Syracuse, and kicks his season off in the Carrier Dome, ironically, just one day after the Orange do the same. CBA faces Rochester’s Aquinas Institute with Syracuse commit Taylor Riggins.
Jordan-Williams has been one of Syracuse’s top targets since he impressed during a camp in the summer o 2014. The Orange love his combination of size, speed, athleticism, physicality and strong hands. They believe he is an ideal fit for their system.
Accordingly, they had nearly their entire offensive staff reach out. That left a big impression on the local talent.
”It really, really meant a lot,” Jordan-Williams said. “Just seeing that I’m important to them and that they want me is the best feeling and I feel honored.”
In addition to Syracuse, Jordan-Williams said Buffalo reached out on Tuesday.