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Nov. 3, 2010 3:31 p.m. USC. Penn State. Notre Dame. Alabama. And Syracuse. That’s the final list for the 2011 No. 1 prospect in New York state, defensive end-tight end Ishaq Williams of Lincoln High School in New York City. This is all according to the New York Post. According to Scout.com, Williams is the No. 7 defensive end prospect in the class. Now, to start and be fair, both of Williams’ parents are Syracuse alumni. And he grew up in the Central New York-area until he was 16. So naturally, SU would have to be a consideration. But it just doesn’t seem like Syracuse would be a real consideration for Williams if he hadn’t seen the recent steps of the program, which SU head coach Doug Marrone now has at 6-2 and on the way to a bowl for the first time since 2004. And a Big East title, which absolutely no one had seen coming at the beginning of this season, is not out of the realm of possibility. And because of that, a dynamic player like Williams isn’t out of the realm of possibility, either. Marrone’s 2010 class was about on par with that of Rutgers as part of the middle of the pack around the nation. But Williams would be a huge step forward. Marrone’s third class is already shaping up to be better than his second. Six three-star recruits have already verbally committed to play for the Orange, which is already more than half the number of three-star recruits Marrone scooped up last year. And Signing Day isn’t until February. And a commit from Williams could spur even further progress for the 2011 class, according to the Post. Williams could also possibly be the face of the program, the biggest prospect Marrone has landed since he arrived in upstate New York three years ago, and could lure fellow city standouts like Brandon Reddish of Fort Hamilton and Shaquell Jackson and Wayne Morgan of Erasmus Hall to Syracuse. And here’s what Williams’ father, Shaun, had to say about Syracuse and Marrone to the Post: “We think Coach Marrone is poised right now to really put Syracuse on the national map,” Shaun said. “He is really laying down the foundation for a winning program.” And this: “I thought he showed so much class,” Shaun said. Ishaq Williams plans to commit on Jan. 8 during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, according to the Post. He’s scheduled for a visit to Syracuse on Dec. 11. We’ll see what happens with this one. bplogiur@syr.edu

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