Syracuse Orange fans were greeted with a bit of a surprise Tuesday evening when CuseNation.com's Mike McAllister announced that Maryland Terrapins grad transfer wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo had picked SU as his playing destination next season.
In three seasons at Maryland, he tallied 61 catches for 938 yards and three touchdowns. His career highs in all three of those categories came during his redshirt freshman season in 2013. The Georgia native was fourth on the team in catches and fifth in receiving yards in 2015.
SB Nation's Maryland blog also says that Etta-Tawo was likely to be lost in the WR shuffle this season at Maryland. His career with the Terps appears to have been muted but the potential is there for him to be a contributor in a wide receiving corp that's among Syracuse's deepest units already. Assuming he's gotten his issue with the drops under control.
Perhaps ironically, one of Etta-Tawo's best single-game performances came against Syracuse in 2013 when he racked up 109 receiving yards, his only 100-yard game.
The 6'1", 200-pound Georgia product was a 2/3-star prospect and originally committed to Maryland over offers from Illinois, Purdue, USF, UCF, and Southern Miss.
Etta-Tamo doesn't come here as a conqueror but he could be a solid piece of the passing puzzle. Syracuse fans know all too well at this point to get too excited about grad transfers and transferring wide receivers until they get on the field, but it can't hurt to have another speedster in the ranks.