Mykelti Williams discusses signing with Syracuse

Syracuse safety signee breaks down his decision to pick the Orange.

For most, National Signing Day is the culmination of their recruitment. An day filled with joy and jubilation where they make their intentions official. It is largely stress free because the decision has already been made, even if not publicly. 

For a few, however, it is very stressful. That was the case for Mykelti Williams, the junior college All-American who signed with Syracuse Wednesday evening. 

Williams mulled over his decision all day, trying to decide between Syracuse and Purdue. When he finally reached his decision and sent in the letter, it took the weight of that decision, of that day, off of his shoulders. 

"It's a moment of relief," Williams said. "All day, I had a lot going on. People contacting me and asking what's going on. Asking where I'm going. I kind of had to put the phone down and think about it for a second. Figure out where my heart is and where my head. Figure out where I'm the most comfortable for the next two to three years. 

"Syracuse was it and I'm glad I made this choice."

Williams had to turn down in-state Purdue and go a little bit away from home in order to play for the school he felt was the right choice. Ultimately, it was the relationships he built that put the Orange over the top. 

"It wasn't an easy decision, but I feel it was the best one for me," Williams said. "The relationships that I built with the coaches and coach Ward. He's been recruiting me for almost 10 months now. It's the relationship I built with coach Ward, coach Monroe, coach Babers. 

"Really the whole staff. I built a relationship with them and a bond with them. I feel really strongly about it."

The former Notre Dame signee spent last weekend on the Syracuse campus for an official visit. It was there when he realized that SU had everything for which he was looking. 

"Just from the players to the coaches," Williams said. "Interacting with them all weekend. To the facilities and just the environment I would be in. I'm glad I made this decision. The official visit really did put everything over the top for me."

What can Syracuse fans expect from the talented defensive back?

"They can expect a player that's going to play with passion," Williams said. "A player that's going to change the game. A player that will be very physical and very aggressive to the ball. A player that will work hard every day in practice to be a leader on and off the field.

"I really think that I'm a leader and that's what I'm coming here to do."

Interestingly, Williams is not the only former Notre Dame defensive back on the roster. Graduate transfer cornerback Devin Butler enrolled at Syracuse earlier this month. Those two were in South Bend together for the 2015 season. 

"It's going to be great reuniting with him," Williams said. "He's actually one of the people at Notre Dame that took me under his wing. He helped me out a lot. He's one of the people that helped me with this decision and feeling comfortable with everything. He really helped me with the process and coming to Syracuse.

"It'll be great being out there on the field with him again. Just running around and having fun with him for his fifth year."


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