Syracuse Secures Commitment from Four-Star WR K.J. Williams, But for How Long?

By Jack Jorgensen
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Bethlehem, Pa. four-star wide receiver prospect K.J. Williams has done a fine job of keeping his recruitment private. He has rarely given any hints as to where he may end up attending come 2014. He continued this practice right up until Sunday when, on twitter, he made his commitment official with two simple tweets.

First, the Pa. native gave a little teaser….

Then, with the suspense properly built, he made the long-awaited announcement….

So, there you have it. Williams has chosen the Syracuse Orange out of a number of offers that included Michigan, Arizona, UConn and Missouri, among a select others.

Now, while Williams did do a good job of keeping his decision from the public’s ears and eyes, Syracuse was a rumored favorite, and for good reason. Recently, Williams’ cousin, QB A.J. Long, committed to the Orange. So, many expected the wideout to follow suit and possibly create a dynamic duo with his family member. And it would certainly appear as if that’s the plan.

However, there’s a catch, kind of.

In speaking to the Syracuse-area newspaper The Post-Standard, Williams said that he had only committed to Syracuse earlier in the day on Sunday because the Orange coaching staff had said they wanted an answer within this month of July. Williams wanted to have a ceremony this upcoming season at his high school, but Syracuse wanted a decision now. He told the newspaper that he had decided, “So I was like, All right. Fine. I’ll do it now.” He went on to add later, “I’m pretty much locked in, but I’ll still listen to what schools have to say. If I happen to change my mind and I do, whatever happens, happens.”

That doesn’t sound like the most ringing endorsement in the world to me.

Nonetheless, Williams is verbally committed to joining the Syracuse Orange at the moment. Whether or not that will stick remains to be seen.

One thing I do know is that this young man is a dream come true for coaches that love flipping recruits.


Jack is the ACC College Football Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14RS


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