We knew there was a strong possibility that the Syracuse football program would add Delaware State defensive end graduate transfer Gabe Sherrod, especially after visiting this past weekend, and the 6-foot-4 athlete who led all of FCS in tackles-for-loss last year has officially selected the Orange.
The timing of Sherrod’s commitment couldn’t have been better, with the Orange down three scholarship defensive ends with the dismissals of Qaadir Sheppard, Amir Ealey, and Kenny Carter. Syracuse currently has just three defensive ends on scholarship at the moment, those three being Jake Pickard, converted tight end Trey Dunkelberger, and true freshman Kenneth Ruff.
With Sherrod – who at 6-foot-4, 240 pounds is a terrific athlete after having previously been a wide receiver and quarterback – on board, there’s a very strong likelihood that as Syracuse enters the 2016 season, he and Pickard will be the two starters at the defensive end position. As a graduate transfer from Delaware State, Sherrod will be immediately eligible once he graduates in May and official enrolls at Syracuse for his graduate year.
The Orange may not yet be done at defensive end, either. Keep an eye on the junior college ranks, since depth continues to be a concern at the position. Kendall Coleman, Josh Black, and Jaquwan Nelson will all be on campus this fall but, like Ruff, will all be true freshmen and would benefit from a little bit of time to get up to speed physically, though it’s unlikely at this point any of them redshirt given how thin the Orange are when it comes to edge rushers.
Either way, this is a hugely important pick up for Syracuse, and Sherrod has a chance to be an immediate impact player for the Orange.