There’s been quite a bit of roster movement around the Syracuse Orange football program in the last couple weeks. The latest name to add to that list: linebacker Alryk Perry.
Perry, who announced his transfer last week, confirmed that he’ll be headed to Division II Valdosta State to complete his playing career. The news was first reported by Scout’s Mike McAllister.
The Georgia (Columbus) native’s departure makes sense given his limited playing time over the course of his career. Since arriving on campus in 2013, Perry appeared in just one game (2015 vs. Rhode Island), recording his only career tackle. Transferring to Valdosta, an in-state option near home, seems like a better bet for playing time and his overall well-being as he wraps up his education and college football career.
Perry was not among the “early” additions to the Senior Day honorees list back in November, which means his departure would open up an additional spot on the roster for next year. Syracuse has been busy in the junior college ranks and on the high school recruiting trail to try and get as close to the 85-player scholarship maximum as possible for next fall.
This is the latest name in a growing list of departures this offseason, but again, this type of attrition is expected with a new coaching staff. Quarterback Austin Wilson (Coastal Carolina) and tight end Trey Dunkelberger (Western Illinois) have already found new landing spots. Tyler Cross, Anthony Giudice, Chauncey Scissum and Corey Winfield have not yet, but likely will in the coming months.
Best of luck at Valdosta, Alryk!