Former Syracuse safety Jeremi Wilkes will join the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent, he told syracuse.com in a text message on Tuesday.
Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant, Syracuse's two early-entry candidates, plus four-year forward C.J. Fair are expected at the event; Draft Express released the roster of invited players earlier today. During the five-day affair, players will be measured, put through physical tests and interviewed by NBA teams.
This past season, C.J. Fair's game-tying basket with 10 seconds left in Syracuse's game at Duke was waved off when referee Tony Green called a charging foul on Fair. Under last year's interpretation of the rule, Fair appeared to be in his upward motion before Duke's Rodney Hood slid over and got set.
"I think we have a good group coming back," Syracuse head coach John Desko said. "We had a strong freshman class this year and we'll see who steps up. We're certainly going to miss our seniors, Billy Ward, Scott Loy, Matt Harris and all the rest of them. That's a lot of leadership, so it's a little hard to say."
After securing the first- and third-place finishes among its split squads on March 1 in a six-team 7 v. 7 tournament, Syracuse went outdoors for the first time to play 11 v. 11 and took on Binghamton on March 29. After going a goal down in the second half, Syracuse responded with Erin Simon being pulled down on a breakaway and Jackie Firenze converting the resulting penalty kick for the 1-1 tie.
"Syracuse is number one right now. I was working my way to just try and get an offer, then to hear from Syracuse, never mind the offer, was crazy and I liked it. All I’ve been thinking about is Syracuse and I imagine myself there. As of right now, talking with my parents, I’m pretty confident in Syracuse."
Shafer went through the same problem of seeing which receiver will rise to the occasion last year. For Terrel Hunt’s sake, he hopes to find a solution sooner rather than later.