2024 offensive lineman William Nolan’s family has a long history with the Orange.
Nearly a century ago, his great grandfather, James, played quarterback at Syracuse. Many other members of his family have attended all the way to the present, with his sister, Hannah, having graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2022.
So when Syracuse offered the Hershey (Ill.) High prospect, it took on special significance.
Extremely grateful To have received an offer from @CuseFootball thank you!!@CoachLynch @Hersey_Football @criles76 @AllenTrieu @EDGYTIM @TNelson_9 @Rivals_Clint @Elite11 @Bryan_Ault @LemmingReport pic.twitter.com/4a1cIZyGai
— William Nolan (@WillNolan75) January 25, 2023
“It felt great to get the Cuse offer, especially with lots of family going to that school and my great grandfather playing quarterback there,” Nolan said in an interview with The Juice Online. “I’m excited to have a great opportunity to continue the legacy in my family.”
Aside from the family legacy, Nolan is excited by what Syracuse has to offer on and off the football field.
“I think Syracuse is a great school,” Nolan said. “Great academic programs from what I know with my sister, and the dome which is very attractive for me.”
There are plenty of other schools involved in the three-star prospect’s recruitment. Akron, Western Michigan, Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Indiana are among the schools to have offered.
While it’s early, Nolan has three schools in mind when it comes to favorites.
“Indiana and Eastern Michigan are probably my favorite offers along with Syracuse so far,” Nolan said. “Indiana because I know I’ll have a great opportunity to play in the Big ten and Eastern Michigan because they really felt like a family good programs, nice facilities, and a great coaching staff. And I look forward to seeing more things in the future.”
The future lies at the next level for the 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman.
“I’m the type of offensive linemen to make things personal,” Nolan said. “I love to finish blocks and physically dominate opponents. But schemes-wise, I love to get out on the perimeter, seal the edge and ultimately watch my tailback rush for 200-plus yards is also one of my favorite parts of the game.”