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

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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.

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

 

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Starting the season outside of the Top 25, the Duke Blue Devils were playing with a chip on their shoulder. Now that they are 7-1 on the year, no one is overlooking the darkhorse favorites to dethrone Florida State for an ACC title. The Syracuse Orange started the season 2-0, but have since lost six of seven to lead to a 3-6 record. While they aren’t a threat for the conference title, the Orange can still play spoiler.

Senior quarterback Anthony Boone has been the spark that has gotten the Blue Devils going this season. Boone has passed for 1,628 yards, 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions while rushing for another 243 yards and four touchdowns. Jamison Crowder is clearly the team’s top receiving weapon, catching 49 passes for 636 yards and four touchdowns. Max McCaffrey and Issac Blakeney have been basically equal in the receiving department, both catching 26 passes for three scores apiece while McCaffrey has 261 yards and Blakeney has 259 yards. Freshman running back Shaun Wilson has been a main reason for the team’s run success, rushing for 528 yards and four touchdowns.

Syracuse had been led by a dual-threat quarterback of its own in Terrel Hunt who had 983 passing yards and a touchdowns as well as 292 yards and six rushing scores before his injury. He hasn’t returned yet, paving way for freshman quarterback AJ Long to get the nod as the starter. Long hasn’t been very impressive, however, passing for 727 yards and four touchdowns with six interceptions. Jarrod West doesn’t care who’s behind center as he has been effective either way, catching 40 passes for 610 yards. Steve Ishmael has been the second-best wide out on the team, catching 20 passes for 311 yards and three scores. Prince-Tyson Gulley has been solid this season in the run game, leading the team with 526 yards and a touchdown while also catches 20 passes out of the backfield for 107 yards.

Defensively, the Orange have been a bit above average this season, ranking 38th in total yards allowed as well as 43rd in points allowed per contest. In their three wins this season, Syracuse has given up an average of 12 points. Before last week, Duke had done a solid job of keeping opponents out of the end zone. On the year, the Blue Devils rank 13th in points against and a lowly 81st nationally in total yards allowed.

Duke will travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange at 12:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 8. The game will be broadcasted on GamePlan/ESPN 3.

PREDICTION: Duke 23, Syracuse 21

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Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

Duke will travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange in week 11. Who will come out on top?

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