For the second time in a week, Syracuse has secured a commitment from a class of 2024 quarterback. This time, it’s Jakhari Williams, a four star, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Williams 6’2 188 pounds from Macon, Georgia. The composite rankings list him as the 16th best quarterback in the class and 330th best player in the country. Williams also had offers from Pitt, NC State and UCF, among many others. He originally committed to Georgia Tech before reopening his recruitment.
If Syracuse is able to close the deal come signing day next year, this is a huge get for the Orange. SU lost a four star quarterback in the 2023 cycle when LaNorris Sellers flipped to South Carolina on signing day.
As a junior, Williams completed just under 60 percent of his passes for 2,384 yards, 21 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,018 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s listed as a dual threat quarterback, and his numbers back it up.
Williams is the second quarterback commit for Syracuse in his class. Brandon Zurbrugg, who was unranked before committing to SU, is now a three star prospect and the 64th ranked player at his position in 2024.
Williams and Zurbrugg will join a quarterback room that will have a lot less stability than it does now. Garrett Sharder is out of eligibility after this coming season, leaving Carlos Del Rio-Wilson and Braden Davis as the two other options.
Del Rio-Wilson, who saw time last year as Shrader’s backup, and Davis, who redshirted at South Carolina last year, would figure to have the upper hand in a potential quarterback competition a year from now.
Like Williams, those two were both four star recruits, but they will have three years of experience in Del Rio-Wilson’s case and two when Davis is concerned. It’s certainly far too early to be thinking about that in any detail from the fan perspective, with an entire season with Shrader at the helm still ahead. However, from the coaches’ perspective, it’s a thought that needs to be there. Adding talent to the most important position in sports is certainly a positive development.