Commitment Impact: Mykelti Williams

Breaking down the impact of Mykelti Williams' commitment to Syracuse.

Committed Over: Mykelti Williams committed to Syracuse over offers from Buffalo, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic and Purdue.  

Rated: Williams is not rated as a junior college prospect, but was a 3-star safety out of high school. He was ranked the #42 player at his position in the class of 2015. 

On Film: Good all-around football player with intelligence and feel for the game. Puts himself in good position to make plays and shows the ability to play deep safety, as well as man to man and in the box. He does not possess elite size/speed numbers, but is more than adequate in those departments and supplements that with what's above his neck and his heart.

      -- Scout National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu

Watching his junior college film, a few things jump off of the screen regarding Williams. He has great instincts and feel for the game. He always seems to be in the right position. In addition, Williams' play recognition is sound and he reacts with extreme quickness and force. On run plays, he attacks the ball carrier and flies to the ball. He has explosion after recognizing where the play is going, and gets to the ball carrier with extreme quickness. 

In coverage, Williams plays center field well as a ballhawking type of safety. He jumps routes and reads opposing receivers' routes well. Williams is a strong all around safety who makes the Orange secondary better right away. 

      -- publisher Mike McAllister

Recruiting Impact: Syracuse had a solid defensive back class in 2016, and added another talented player in 2017 in Ifeatu Melifonwu. But they've been involved with other safety targets this cycle as well. They recruited Brian Edwards for a while, among others. Landing Williams not only gives Syracuse someone who eliminates any sting of missing on those players, but gives them someone who may be better. 

Williams has nice frame at 6-foot-1, can play the run or make plays in coverage. He is a quality all-around safety who should compete for a starting spot right away. Having three years of eligibility remaining but being two years removed from high school makes Williams an ideal prospect for Syracuse. 

Final Thought: This is nice work by the Syracuse staff finding a former big time prospect with a lot of eligibility remaining at a position that was considered a weakness last season. This is a big pickup for the Orange. 

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