Syracuse Orange news: QB target has ‘Cuse in top 3, women’s lax at No. 5

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Maurice Williams Jr., a talented and fast-rising quarterback in the 2024 class, recently took a visit to Syracuse Orange football as part of the team’s Junior Day.

According to an article from SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister, the 6-foot, 190-pound Williams says at this stage in his recruiting process, the ‘Cuse “is definitely in my top three.”

Obviously, that’s great to hear, although Williams could have a way to go in his recruitment, and his list of other strong suitors is expanding. Williams is a junior standout at Orange High School in Orange, N.J.

Per his bio on the 247Sports Web site, besides Syracuse Orange football, college squads showing interest in Williams include Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Temple.

"Williams said in part to McAllister, “The visit definitely opened my eyes to a lot. The way all the coaches showed love, the fact that my name was known. It definitely makes me grasp onto Syracuse recruiting wise. Syracuse is definitely in my top three recruiting wise due to how long they’ve been recruiting me and how much love they showed in the process.”"

We’ll certainly continue to track Williams’ recruiting process moving forward.

Other Syracuse Orange news

‘Cuse women’s lax high up in preseason poll
The Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse team checks in at No. 5 nationally in the ILWomen/IWLCA preseason poll that recently got disclosed, according to SU Athletics.

A stanza ago, the ‘Cuse went 15-6 overall and reached the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Syracuse Orange is among three Atlantic Coast Conference squads ranked in the top five of this preseason poll, led by defending national champion North Carolina, which resides at No. 1.

In the upcoming 2023 term, expectations are understandably high in Central New York for the ‘Cuse, which returns four of its top five scorers from a year ago. The Syracuse Orange is led by graduate student attack Meaghan Tyrrell, a Tewaaraton Award finalist in 2022 who tallied 111 points last season.

As we noted in another recent column, Tyrrell has been named Lacrosse Magazine’s 2023 Division I women’s preseason player of the year.

The Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse team will commence its 2023 stanza on Saturday, Feb. 11, versus No. 4 Northwestern at the JMA Wireless Dome. The full ‘Cuse 2023 schedule is available here.

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