The Syracuse University football staff gained one defensive standout from Dillard High (Fla.) earlier in the cycle with early enrollee Kenneth Ruff, and now the Orange have gone back to the well to pick up a commitment from athletic defensive tackle McKinley Williams, according to Ryan Bartow from 247Sports.com.
Williams made his pledge official on his visit to the SU campus this weekend, after picking up an offer from the Orange this week. The 6-foot-5, 255 pound Williams played a lot of linebacker and defensive end in high school before transitioning to defensive tackle, where he’ll use his athleticism to hopefully become a disruptive force in the middle of the line.
Syracuse has good, young talent at the defensive tackle position with Steven Clark, Kayton Samuels, Chris Slayton, Anthony Giudice, and Ty Cross, so while he’s a bit of a raw prospect at DT he’s got time to grow into a good piece of the rotation. He’s got good quickness and uses his hands fairly well already, so with a year under his belt as a redshirt he has a chance to add weight to his athletic frame and learn the position under defensive line coach Vince Reynolds.
Williams was getting interest from the lines of Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Michigan State, though his only reported offers prior to Syracuse getting involved are from Middle Tennessee State, Idaho, and Western Michigan.