Nate Mink reported yesterday that one of the position groups really rocked by injuries during the spring was the secondary. Neither Durell Eskridge nor Brandon Reddish will not participate in the spring game this weekend.
"I don't anticipate (Reddish) doing anything," Reed said following Tuesday's practice. "The most important thing right now is getting him to full strength going into the fall."
The same can be said others in the unit, too. But even with a healthy lineup, Syracuse doesn't have much wiggle room with experienced back-ups. For that reason, it's important the six defensive backs expected to start practicing with the team in August enter the preseason ready to help (the seventh, Lamar Dawson, has said he expects to delay his enrollment following a health scare). In fact, that's the message Reed has relayed to them in recent weeks.
What the Syracuse Orange secondary needs is healthy bodies. And while a transfer wouldn't help in the interim, it couldn't hurt to bring in a talented player who can step into the mix and be productive.
So it's interesting that one such person appears to be available...
Redshirt freshman safety Jayme Thompson will transfer from Ohio State, Eleven Warriors has confirmed.
Justin Rowland, of Rivals.com, reported Thompson will visit Kentucky for its spring game. Penn State, Louisville, Missouri, Syracuse, Rutgers and West Virginia are also on Thompson's radar, Eleven Warriors has learned. He originally committed to the Mountaineers during the recruiting process before de-committing and choosing Ohio State.
Thompson was a four-star recruit two years ago, rated the No. 12 safety in the nation by 24/7 and the No. 1 safety in Ohio. He broke his ankle last season, leading to the redshirt. He did play in Ohio State's spring game this year but seems to have disappeared from the team's plans for the secondary.
Apparently, Thompson will attempt to receive a medical waiver so he can play immediately. Given how things went the last time we had a transfer try that (John Raymon), I wouldn't hold your breath.
He has history with West Virginia, where he originally-committed, so there might be a lean there. However, we'll see how it all plays out.