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Road Closed: JuCo DT Wayne Williams Tells Fizz He Didn’t Get Early Release

The JuCo DT discusses what happened with his grades in an exclusive interview with The Fizz.

The Wayne Williams Show is now cancelled officially this fall in Syracuse. The hulking 6’6” 330 lb defensive lineman told The Fizz last month it looked like he would join the Orange for this season. But he was not granted the early release from his JuCo that he had hoped for, and tells The Fizz in an exclusive interview that he’s now determined to put on a early display for Orange fans downstate.

“My grades are in order, but because I didn’t get the early release, I won’t be able to get up to Syracuse until January. A year of eligibility is going to be wasted so I might as well play with ASA, make it to the [Junior College] national championship, and give everyone a preview before the Syracuse season.”

Williams was originally supposed to be at “Swagger-Cuse” this past January. But grade troubles kept him at ASA – one of the top JuCo programs in the country – one more semester, and he again had to push back his arrival date to CNY. Transcript release issues will keep him in Brooklyn until the winter.

Williams’ situation is interesting. He graduated from Lincoln HS in Brooklyn in the spring of 2011. The DT played at ASA in 2011, but decided to sit out the 2012 season so he would have three years of eligibility at Syracuse (2013-2015). That plan backfired a bit. It won’t be three years, but he assured The Fizz he will arrive in January ’14 and have two years of eligibility left.

Some SU fans may wonder if the Williams saga will ever end with him wearing Orange. According to Wayne, the Syracuse coaches are still on board. WW says he talked to D-Line Coach Tim Daoust before summer workouts started last month. He offered this alternate plan to Daoust in case his grades were not sent on time, and Wayne says Daoust okayed it.

Williams tells The Fizz he allowed non-football distractions hinder his progress in the classroom. But since the summer started, he’s adamant that nothing will stop him from bringing his talents up Route 81.

“I’m going to keep my head focused. Before there were a lot of off the field distractions. Now I’m more humble, I had a year to think about things, pick the route I want to take in my life, and now everything is going my way and I am controlling that.”

He says his GPA is up to about a 3.2, and is currently taking three classes this semester at ASA. After originally committing to the Orange back in May of 2012, he knows by now Orange fans may have forgotten his name. He’s prepared to win back their respect with a solid season on the New York City gridiron this fall.

“I’m a Brooklyn dude, I’m going to do what I do best, and that’s play football. When I lace up my cleats, and get on that field, I’m going to do what I’m born to do.”

In the meantime, Wayne has also been actively recruiting some of Brooklyn’s finest. The former Lincoln star attended Syracuse’s season opener against Penn State this past weekend at Metlife with current Lincoln standout, and SU target, 5-star DL Thomas Holley. Williams is keeping the senior focused, and has some good news for Orange fans wondering where Syracuse stands with his recruitment.

“He wants to be up there with Terrel Hunt, and he knows I’m coming up there so it’s a great situation. I can’t say he’s 100% [on board with Syracuse] but I know his heart is definitely there.”

You never know. Maybe the Lincoln stars do align this winter and both Williams and Holley end up in Orange. That’s one show that will be alive and kicking for years.

Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald

15 Comments on this Post

  1. Lou Utica

    The SU staff needs to visit this kid during the middle of the nite as ND Coach Kelly did when he recruited Ishaq Williams.

    The Lincoln High Rail Splitters are near and dear to my heart since it is hwere my dad played FB in 1943.

    Come to Cuse Holley and follow your boyz Williams and Hunt.. GO SU!!

  2. orangeinva

    I won’t be sold on Williams being Orange until he shows up in January and his grades keep him academically eligible for the following September..

    I don’t get this”offered a plan to Dline Coach Daoust and he Okayed it”… Is Daoust in any position to “speak for the team” in this capacity?

    At this point, if WW was going to Texas or Oklahoma, they’d say he was “all hat and no cattle.”

  3. Time to move on and find a student-athlete w/o the sideshow!If he wasn’t close to Holley I’d wouldn’t even read this “book” again!!Same ol Same ol.

  4. No sleet. Another NYC kid who likes the limelight. Why play?? If he can sit out the year wouldn’t that save a year. This kid smells fraud like!!! They all can’t be like him or others!! Tired of this NYC connection!!

  5. WHERE’S THE STORY ON THE NO BUILD OF NEW FACILITIES!! Yet you show this stuff!!

  6. William’s name or talent level will not be forgotten. He is the 2014 DT that we can expect to impact the defense especially if the
    holley kid doesn’t show up wearing our orange.nI kind of agree with Terry and being sick of these NYC players who are looking for the glamour and lights.Whatthey fail to realize all this is available at Syracuse.Early draft choices from our progra is historically plentiful at all the positions that we have recruited them.

  7. Other than committing to Syracuse to play football,what better way is there to improve your life by escaping the ghetto that you live in.

    A young man has a better than average chance of getting to the NFL through Syracuse than most other schools have.

    All they need to do is take a good long hard look at the two time defending National Champions Alabama. How many of those players are playing in the NFL today?

  8. Guys its not NYC kids that bother me as much as the fact why even waste the time recruiting guys so marginal academically that they may lead us on for years?How many yrs is he behind?I hear Mavety is borderline academically and schools are skeptical they can get him qualified?Sure an Alabama or LSU can “find a way” but most schools are on the level!Thats whats given some southern schools (factories)a “leg up”!Lets stick to kids with at least decent grades!In our win at all costs society today were losing sight of the student in SA!

  9. Love the kid BUT…. I’ll believe it when/if it happens. As for Holley…..Don’t set us up for another heartbreak.

  10. Cuse all Day

    Wayne Williams is a difference maker. In no uncertain terms he’s an impact player.

    Wayne was considered a better football prospect than Ishaq Williams but wasnt qualified. Some kids tend to mature in the classroom later doesn’t mean anything other than they’re not naturally inclined to do school work.

    Trust me he’ll be worth the wait

  11. Sad that he won’t be here yet, but I don’t see the pain in waiting. Even if he never makes it, and that would be sad, he is out there in our recruiting grounds telling others to go to Cuse. Where’s the harm in that? We don’t lose a scholly if he never makes it up. I just don’t get casting this kid out Fizz Fam. Sounds to me that he needs little tending. He has shown us love and commitment, now he needs to show the same to his school work. I see much more upside than downside to staying connected to this guy.

  12. WW sounds like a New York type guy but he will have to put his body where his words are, and that will not be easy. Glad he is orange oriented, but til I see him in Orange,I will not get my enthusiasm up. He can do himself a ton of good if he comes to Syracuse. Lots of upside possibilities, if he can make it.

  13. Ok guys,I just got done looking over scout.com web site and it has Williams committing to Syracuse for the 12th commit for the 2014 class. It’s a little puzzleing to me because I thought Williams had already committed to the Cuse a year ago.

    So if he does come in January,how many years of eligibility does he have? One,two or three years left,does anyone know?

  14. I believe it’s two

  15. Cuse should play Rutgers in the final game every year in Yankee Stadium on Thanksgtveng weekend. That would build up Eastern Football .B1G vs. ACC , a real rivalry .

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