Name: Oronde Gadsden II
Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 215 lbs
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: American Heritage
2021 stats: Saw action in eight games for the Syracuse Orange, making two catches for 24 yards.
2022 projections: With how often Syracuse goes three, four and five wide, the Orange need another outside receiver to play opposite Damien Alford. Gadsden is one of those options and with his 6-foot-5 frame, he’ll be in contention to see valuable minutes to give Syracuse an explosive edge it’s been missing for the past couple of years.
How’d he get here?: Notable Power Fives including Arizona State, Baylor and Penn State were a couple of the schools interested in Gadsden II.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Nothing better than a consensus three-star.
Money quote: Kevin agreed with my assessment that Gadsden could be in a prime position to get good time this upcoming season.
Gadsden has the size and pedigree to be a player who emerges at WR so I’ll be watching him closely to see how he finishes blocks and reacts off the line.
Twitter feed: @Orondegii
Tweets of wonder: Shoutout to champion status
State Champs pic.twitter.com/eZoBMRMU6y— Oronde Gadsden II (@Orondegii) December 19, 2020
Interesting nugget o’interest: The older fanbase probably recognize the name Oronde Gadsden as the father of Gadsden II is a former NFL wide receiver for a number of teams, most notably the Miami Dolphins for five seasons.
Let’s get a look at ya: Good ol’ signing day footage