Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard defensive tackle McKinley Williams committed to Syracuse during his weekend official visit a source told Scout. Williams also had offers from Idaho, Middle Tennessee and Pittsburgh.
"It was the vibe here," Williams said. "I love how everybody is real. It's not cheesy."
Williams is listed at 6-foot-5, 255-pounds. He is an athletic tackle who gets off the ball quickly and uses his hands well. He needs to add weight and improve his footwork, but there is upside to work with.
That is why the Syracuse coaches targeted Williams. Those same coaches were a big reason why he decided to pull the trigger on the visit.
"They were very important," Williams said. "If I'm going to be here for four years, I want my main focus to be on school and football. Not drama. The coaches are for the players and it's a family. Other people say that and it's not the case.
"But they are real. No stuck ups."
Williams said he knew Syracuse was the right place as soon as he met the players who are currently part of the program. When he decided to commit and told the Orange coaches, he says the response was lots of high fives and hugts.
Given that Syracuse has quality young depth at defensive tackle with players like Steven Clark, Kayton Samuels, Chris Slayton, Anthony Giudice, Tyler Cross and potentially Kenny Carter, there is room to take a high reward player like Williams.
Williams is the only defensive tackle in Syracuse's 2016 class currently. It is not expected that they pursue another.