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Coastal Carolina transfer Jeffrey Gunter opts for NC State after signing with Syracuse

Well, ends up we DON’T have a big defensive end transfter with a couple years of eligibility left....

NCAA Football: Coastal Carolina at Arkansas Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Shortly after National Signing Day, the Syracuse Orange received some great news that they’d also landed former Coastal Carolina Chanticleers defensive end Jeffrey Gunter. The Durham, N.C. native had to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules in 2019, but then join the active lineup with two years of eligibility left.

Unfortunately that won’t be happening now, per an announcement on his Twitter feed on Tuesday:

Gunter will be headed to the ACC Atlantic Division rival N.C. State Wolfpack instead, getting out of the financial aid package that he previously signed with Syracuse just a couple weeks ago. He told’s Stephen Bailey that he couldn’t pass up playing in front of friends and family in nearby Raleigh, and more time with the decision led him to the Pack instead.

So with that, Syracuse is probably still on the lookout for a defensive lineman or two in the transfer market. They’ll also have another scholarship up for grabs. Right now, there are 83 scholarships accounted for if you don’t count Antwan Cordy and Shy Cullen. If you do, SU’s at the max of 85 (though Dino Babers has stated they’re still aiming to make more additions this offseason).

Good luck in your future endeavors, Jeffrey... just not too much luck when we play NC State.