Name: Jake Pickard
Position: Defensive End
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Hometown: Short Hills, N.J.
High School: Millburn
2015 Stats: Jake redshirted last year, so not a stat to be had. As a senior in high school, he was an all-conference selection on both sides of the ball in Essex County.
2016 Projections: Pickard is currently slated to be one of two starting defensive ends for a very young Syracuse Orange defense, according to the post-spring depth chart. Chances are he'll be able to do some damage in the Tampa-2.
How'd He Get Here?: Jake was all set to be a Wisconsin Badger, eat cheese and (once of legal age, of course) drink New Glarus up in Madison. Then head coach Gary Andersen headed to Oregon State, so he flipped to Syracuse. Plenty of big names were interested in Pickard coming out of high school, including Michigan, Boston College, Louisville, Nebraska, Oregon, Purdue and many more.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say?: Three stars across the board. Huzzah!
Money Quote: Talking with Syracuse.com about the faith this team already has in new head coach Dino Babers:
"We want to leave the old Syracuse reputation behind us. This is a new era of Syracuse football."
Tweets Of Wonder: Jake was happy to toss some shade at Mark Coyle on the way out last month...
Wow, there's really no more loyalty in this game anymore. Won't be missed— JP (@Jspickard99) May 11, 2016
What Does Babers Think Of Him?: No quotes yet. But Dino likely has a movie quote ready to go already.
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Jake's dad played football for Ball State before a knee injury cut his career short (via).
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