The Syracuse Orange football program added another name to the 2017 roster on Sunday. Holy Cross linebacker Jesse Conners will transfer to SU this spring. He’ll walk onto the team as an H-back (tight end-type hybrid role). The news was first reported by Syracuse.com’s Stephen Bailey.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Conners redshirted in his one season at Holy Cross, and will be eligible to contribute right away for the Orange. In high school, he split time between linebacker and tight end. He’ll have four years of eligibility remaining as a redshirt freshman this fall. Conners will be jumping in right away during spring ball for SU.
Syracuse running backs coach Mike Hart led the way in securing Conners’s transfer to SU. They were put in touch by former Orange offensive lineman Adam Terry. As Conners told Bailey on Syracuse.com:
"I told Adam that I was looking to transfer schools so he sent my film to Coach Hart to see if Syracuse would be interested in me. Coach Hart then called me and told me that there was a real opportunity to be a tight end/H-back if I play well in the spring."
Syracuse plays Holy Cross in 2019, a game Conners would’ve played in for the Crusaders as a senior.
If you’re curious about some film of Conners in high school (at Connecticut’s Salisbury School), you can find those below: