The Syracuse football team added a junior college All-America linebacker as the signing period for midyear JUCO transfers began today. Ryan Guthrie, a 6-foot-3, 215 product of Ellsworth Community College flipped his commitment from Tulane to the Orange and signed his letter of intent.

Guthrie was a NJCAA All-America honorable mention selection in 2015, and will almost certainly be an All-America pick again after finishing among the national leaders in tackles with 139. Guthrie also led all of NJCAA with 107 solo tackles, and had 7.5 sacks on the year. Guthrie also forced three fumbles and had an interception.

Guthrie is a native of Forsyth County, Georgia, and was a first team All-Conference pick in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference. He also held offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Marshall, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, and Ball State, among others, and was receiving interest from Colorado and Minnesota.

Guthrie will have two seasons of eligibility and should contribute to the Orange defense immediately. He’s well put together and flies to the ball, and looks to have the ability to play inside or outside in Brian Ward’s defense. Check out his highlights from this season for yourself:

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