As first reported by Mike McAllister of CuseNation.com, the Syracuse football program has added another piece to the Dino Babers offensive puzzle with graduate transfer Amba Etta-Tawo. The Maryland transfer is a 6-foot-1, 200 pound wide receiver who will become immediately eligible upon arriving at Syracuse.
Etta-Tawo is originally from Powder Springs, Georgia, and becomes the second graduate transfer added to the 2016 roster. Gabe Sherrod, a pass rusher from Delaware State, committed to Syracuse for his final year of eligibility at the end of February.
Coming out of high school, Etta-Tawo was rated as the No. 118 wide receiver in the nation by 247sports.com, and in his three seasons with the Terrapins he played in 37 games. Coincidentally, his best statistical game in his career came against Syracuse in 2013, when he hauled in six passes for 109 yards.
This past year, he caught 20 passes for 216 yards and the year before caught 10 passes for 222 yards while starting six games. His redshirt freshman season was his best, catching 31 passes for 500 yards. Etta-Tawo will immediately vie for one of the starting wide receiver jobs, and the idea of playing in Babers’ extremely wide receiver-friendly offense must have seemed awfully enticing.
Syracuse only brought in one true wide receiver in the class of 2016 in Devin Butler, though Moe Neal will play one of the inside receiver positions after being recruited primarily as a running back, and Sean Riley will likely follow suit.