Defensive end has been Syracuse's glaring weakness throughout this offseason. Starting with only four on the roster entering spring practice after Qaadir Shepard and Amir Ealey were both dismissed and Ron Thompson declared for the draft, the announcement of Kenny Carter's dismissal from the team brought that number down to three.
Fortunately, Syracuse fans can now rest assured with Deleware State graduate transfer DE Gabe Sherrod announcing his commitment to Syracuse.
With this commitment, not only is the hole left by Carter's dismissal now filled, but the Orange add playing experience to the position, something that neither Carter nor any other DE on the roster possess.
At FCS school Deleware State last fall, Sherrod recorded 64 tackles including 25 tackles for loss (2nd most in FCS) and eight sacks. This is incredibly interesting considering he started his collegiate career as a wide receiver. After redshirting and playing wideout his redshirt freshman year, he was moved to defensive end the spring before his redshirt sophomore season. Listed at 6-foot-4 240 pounds on the Deleware State athletics site, he told Scout.com that he is up to 255 pounds.
This commitment is verbal as there is nothing binding he can sign. It will be official once he enrolls at Syracuse in the summer.