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Syracuse Football: Former Defensive End Gabe Sherrod Commits to Michigan State

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The graduate transfer defensive end has found a new found home almost three weeks after the Syracuse Orange cut him loose.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Gabe Sherrod has had himself an eventful three weeks.

The graduate transfer from Delaware State, who found out via Twitter that the Syracuse Orange were no longer accepting his commitment last month, is now headed to the Michigan State Spartans. Sherrod tweeted his announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Sherrod was pledged to Syracuse for just under four months earlier this year, but in June the program decided to move in another direction.

In speaking with Syracuse.com at the time, Sherrod had the following to say:

"They felt that they needed to move on for their own protection, to make sure that they had somebody locked in."

The 6'4", 255 pound Sherrod finished his redshirt junior season at Delaware State with 64 tackles, including 25 for loss, and eight sacks. He ranked second in the FCS with 2.3 tackles for loss per game.

Sherrod had previously declined to comment about rumors that he visited Michigan State while he was committed to Syracuse.

At virtually the same time as Sherrod was pushed out, SU announced the transfer of Colorado defensive end De'Jon Wilson in what was essentially a swap of defensive ends for the Orange.

Wilson, who hasn't played since the 2014 season, joins an inexperienced group of defensive ends who will suit up for the Orange in 2016.

Redshirt freshman Jake Pickard and freshman early enrollee Kenneth Ruff, who is a converted linebacker, ended the spring as the first-team defensive ends. Redshirt senior walk-on Hernz Laguerre, another converted linebacker, and junior Trey Dunkelberger, a converted tight end, are the post-spring backups at the position.

Class of 2016 signees Jaquwan Nelson, Kendall Coleman and Joshua Black will also be competing for time this fall.