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Syracuse football recruiting: Grad transfer OT Ryan Alexander commits to Orange

Ryan Alexander, a graduate transfer from South Alabama, has committed to Syracuse.

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A potentially thin Syracuse Orange offensive line has received some reinforcements in the form of South Alabama graduate transfer OT Ryan Alexander. Alexander committed to the Orange during his visit this weekend, according to CuseNation.

Alexander redshirted in his first season with the Jaguars before starting 28 consecutive games, dating back to the end of the 2016 season. The Floral Park, N.Y. native will be eligible to play immediately in the 2019 season.

With both tackle positions open due to graduation, Alexander gives head coach Dino Babers a proven option to fill one of those holes. Alexander has played both right and left tackle in college. All signs point to Aaron Servais, the starting center for the Orange the previous two seasons, as the other tackle entering the fall.

Syracuse dipped into the graduate transfer market for a starting tackle last season as well, landing Babers’ son-in-law Koda Martin from Texas A&M, and Martin started all 13 games for the Orange in 2018.

Alexander chose Syracuse over Rutgers and Purdue, and also received interest from Florida State, Penn State and Utah.