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Two Syracuse recruits, including four-star receiver, fail to qualify academically

Two members of Syracuse’s 2014 recruiting class will not enroll at the school due to academic reasons.

Orange head coach Scott Shafer confirmed to that wide receiver K.J. Williams and defensive back Treevon Prater both failed to qualify academically. Shafer said that both players are “deciding whether to go to junior college or prep school.”

Williams, a four-star prospect from Bethlehem, Pa., was the highest-rated recruit in Syracuse’s class. The 6-foot-2, 188-pound Williams was rated the No. 246 overall prospect in the country had been committed to the Orange since last July. He chose Syracuse over other offers from Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, UCLA and Wisconsin, among others.

Williams was rated by Rivals as the third-best player in the state of Pennsylvania and the 31st-best wide receiver in the country in the 2014 class.

Prater, a native of East St. Louis, Ill., was rated a three-star athlete by Rivals. Syracuse recruited him as a defensive back.

The 6-foot, 178-pound Prater had initially committed to Western Michigan, but flipped to the Orange in January, not long before signing day. He also had listed offers from Illinois State, Indiana State and Kansas, according to Rivals.

Syracuse’s 2014 class was rated No. 51 in the nation by Rivals.

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