The Syracuse football team took another big step toward solidifying its secondary tonight, as former Notre Dame safety Mykelti Williams pledged to the Orange. Considering Williams has a strong chance of working his way into the starting lineup, we could wind up seeing two former Irish defensive backs starting for Syracuse this season, including graduate transfer cornerback Devin Butler.

Williams, a 6-foot-1, 205 pounder who spent last season at Iowa Western, was a junior college first team All-America selection. He’s the fourth junior college addition to the roster, and the third All-American (along with Ravian Pierce and Ryan Guthrie). Williams made 93 tackles last season, and also picked off three passes and had six pass breakups.

The native of Indiana redshirted his lone season at Notre Dame, so it looks like he’s got three years left to use three seasons of eligibility. Considering his pedigree (a former 3-star recruit who also had offers from the likes of Nebraska, Illinois, and Minnesota, among others), that makes him a huge addition to the Syracuse defense. We could be looking at a three year starter in the secondary.

Last season, the secondary was one of Syracuse’s biggest holes, thanks in large part to a combination of extreme youth and plenty of injuries. The additions of Williams, and his former Notre Dame teammate Butler, will certainly bolster the unit heading into 2017.

Williams was a surprise visitor this past weekend, joining a large group of committed players in the class of 2017 that included Tommy DeVito, Curtis Harper, Sharod Johnson, and Ifeatu Melifonwu, among numerous others.

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