Syracuse has been looking for help on the defensive line in the class of 2016, and the Orange football staff seems to be heading to a familiar stop to check out a new name. Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale gave Dino Babers and his staff inside linebacker Kenneth Ruff, and now the coaches are looking at one of Ruff’s teammates, McKinley Williams.
Williams is a 6-foot-5, 250 pound lineman who lists himself as both a tight end and defensive tackle on his HUDL page, with the majority of his highlights coming from the tackle position. The first thing that jumps out about Williams is his size and frame, which looks like it could easily hold another 40 pounds to become a disruptive force in the middle of the line. He looks like he’s a legit 250, but it’s an athletic 250 and he carries it well.
Williams has good quickness and shows a nice ability to use his feet to get around offensive linemen, but also shows a good amount of strength, bull rushing offensive guards to get into the backfield and repeatedly driving them backward when he gets engaged at the point of attack. It’s unclear at this point how high on the Syracuse staff’s list Williams is, and he is definitely flying well below the radar, but it’s pretty clear he’s got some good tools to work with to become an effective tackle at the next level.
According to 247Sports, Williams has an offer from Syracuse but there’s been no confirmation anywhere else. Rivals lists him as a 2-star prospect with an offer from Middle Tennessee State, and interest but no offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Cincinnati, and Michigan State. Again, it’s unclear how much interest there truly is, and information on Williams is pretty scarce at this point (and he appears to have deleted his Twitter account). The interest from Pitt at least seems legitimate, according to the Sun Sentinel. Scout lists him as having Idaho and Western Michigan offers, as well.
That same article also explains some of his quickness and the way he’s able to use his hands fairly effectively and gain leverage on offensive linemen: he’s been a wrestler, boxer, and gymnast in his young life. Williams is a project, but he’s certainly a low risk/high reward type of target. He’s an intriguing prospect for sure, and now it’s just a matter of finding out just how strong Syracuse’s interest is.