Will ASA release him from his classwork and allow him to join the Orange for the start of the season?
Syracuse could be getting help along the defensive line from the hulking Wayne Williams. Ever since Markus Pierce Brewster and Davon Walls were kicked off the team, the line has been thinner than expected. In July SU took another hit when it was reported the former Lincoln HS (Brooklyn) DT Williams might not be eligible to play this fall. But the big lineman might be putting on pads soon enough. He tells The Fizz his grades could be ready in time for the season.
He admitted his situation hasn’t changed much since last month. He has talked with ASA Junior College President Alex Shchegol about being released from the college early. After graduating from Lincoln in 2011, he ended up at ASA to continue his football career because his grades were not high enough to head to a four-year school.
He’s supposedly been released by all of his teachers which would allow him to join the Orange any day now. But now the question is whether the roster will allow it. SU would seem to be able to use the help up the middle. Jay Bromley and Eric Crume will anchor the middle of the line, behind those two are Zian Jones, Ryan Sloan and John Raymon. While there are bodies, those three backups don’t have any starting experience. The Orange needs Bromley and Crume to remain healthy for the entire season to create a consistent unit.
The Orange will get an extra punch from freshman Isaiah Johnson, one freshman that Scott Shafer says could compete right away for snaps. Johnson is a physical lineman with good size already at 6’5″ 290 lbs.
Williams and SU have to play the waiting game. It’s already been a long one for the Brooklyn native who committed to SU back in 2012. He is a huge proponent that New York City players should stay home and rep the Orange in their home state. Now he’s nearly ready to practice what he’s preached since his high school playing days.
Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald