You may not know the name Gabe Sherrod, but anyone who followed FCS level football last year is no doubt familiar. Last season, the 6-foot-4, 240 pound defensive end led all of FCS with 25.0 tackles-for-loss, including 8.0 sacks for Delaware State. And now, it appears he’s on Syracuse’s radar heading into the 2016 season.

Sherrod finished with 64 tackles last season overall, forcing two fumbles and recovering two more, while also blocking four kicks. The Perryville, Maryland native recently announced he’d be seeking a graduate transfer, meaning he’ll immediately be eligible to play in the 2016 season. According to Connor Morrissette of, he’ll be visiting Syracuse the weekend of February 26.

Now, Sherrod is a player I’ve had my eye on for a week or two, since it became clear he was on Syracuse’s radar. I’ve kept his name on the down low in anticipation of things beginning to officially move forward, including him getting his official release and the mutual interest with the Orange becoming more public knowledge. And now, it appears that things are moving forward with the possibility of the talented defensive end becoming a priority late addition for the Orange.

Sherrod began his college career as a 6-foot-2, 212 pound quarterback before transitioning to wide receiver, and has since grown and turned into a defensive end. With such an immediate need at defensive end, it’s no surprise that Syracuse has been scanning both the junior college and post graduate ranks, and Sherrod seems to be at or near the top of the list for potential transfer additions.

Keep an eye on this recruitment, Syracuse fans. This is a player who’s been on the radar since he announced he’d be seeking to transfer for his final year of eligibility, so now that things are moving forward, it could gain a lot of momentum in a hurry. Sherrod is set to graduate from Delaware State this spring, so he would be in line to transfer over the upcoming summer.

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Jeff is a 2003 graduate of Syracuse University, and has been published on various websites including,,,, and, among others. His work was featured in the New York Times bestselling book You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News. He's got a wife, and a toddler he's brainwashing to love Syracuse. Jeff's a pretty great guy, overall, and would never steal your car. Follow him on Twitter: @jekelish


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