Recruiting Roundup: Syracuse offers seven Florida prospects; McKinley Williams to visit

Congratulations to former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony, who passed NBA legend Larry Bird on the NBA’s all-time scoring list on Wednesday! On to today’s recruiting links…’s Mike McAllister writes that 2016 defensive tackle McKinley Williams from Dillard (Fla.) will take an official visit to Syracuse this weekend. He also holds offers from Middle Tennessee State, Pitt and Western Michigan.

Syracuse has offered three prospects from Coconut Creek (Fla.) on Thursday, reports’s Corey Bender. The three are 2017 wide receiver Akai Rainford and 2018 defensive backs Miguel Edwards and Marquis Williams.

Bender also reports Syracuse extended four offers to Deerfield Beach (Fla.) prospects. Those four players are 2018 defensive end Rosendo Louis, 2017 linebackers Brion Byrd Jr. and Branden Bailey, and 2017 defensive tackle Jamari Rouse.

Syracuse will host 2016 defensive end prospects Jaquwan Nelson and Joshua Black, McAllister also writes. Nelson is also weighing offers from Georgia, Kentucky and Purdue. Meanwhile, Black recently decommitted from Illinois, and Syracuse seems to be the favorite to land him.

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Chris Hays from the Orlando Sentinel profiles Syracuse defensive back commit Devon Clarke and his journey to the Orange. Clarke tried to commit to SU in 2015, but with an unstable coaching situation and lingering academic issues, Syracuse declined his commitment. That all changed, and now Clarke is excited to join the Orange. “It feels good to finally be committed to Syracuse,” said Clarke.

Syracuse is still continuing to pursue three-star wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, writes’s Brian Dohn. “They told me some some of the stats of the receivers, which were impressive,” Harmon said. He is scheduled for a visit to Miami this weekend, and is trying to decide on his visit for Jan. 29.

Rutgers defensive coordinator Jay Niemann visited Camden for Syracuse commit Jamal Holloway earlier in the week writes’s Todderick Hunt. “They said that they are working on them trying to come up next week,” said Camden head coach Dwayne Savage.

2016 basketball commit Tyus Battle should be a perfect fit for Syracuse, writes Sports Illustrated’s Chris Johnson. Battle said Syracuse views him “more as a combo guard—play the point a little bit, play the two a little bit.”

The Daily Orange’s Matt Schneidman profiles SU’s other 2016 commit, Matt Moyer. Walter Moore, South Kent’s associate athletic director described Moyer as a “renaissance man.” Moyer is the No. 74 recruit in his class according to Scout, and is rated four stars.

We close today by sending our thoughts and prayers to Pearl Washington, who is reported to have taken a turn for the worse. Please donate to his GoFundMe page to help with his rising medical costs. See you all next week.

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