Dino Babers has been shown the door after coaching Syracuse Orange football for nearly eight full seasons, and while the coaching search is underway and John Wildhack has stated what he’s looking for, the other burning question is how much of the current roster will stick around through the offseason.
The answer so far is “not everyone” as Sophomore Jeremiah Wilson will enter the transfer portal, per On3. Additionally, Redshirt Freshman Francois Nolton Jr., who left the team at some point this fall, will also transfer.
Wilson started the season as the #2 cornerback, collecting 16 tackles, four pass breakups, and a pick-six over nine games. After struggling against SU’s top competition of the year, he lost the job to Notre Dame transfer Jayden Bellamy.
On October 30, Babers said that Wilson had switched positions from corner to safety; Justin Barron confirmed the next day that he was working with his position group in practice. However, we never got to see much of that in action, as Jerry only played a handful of special teams snaps against Boston College and Pitt before being held out entirely against Wake Forest.
Wilson hasn’t officially announced that he is transferring, but he has begun posting film on his Twitter/X account.
Meanwhile, Nolton is a peculiar case. The DL was one of the highest-rated recruits from the Class of 2022, earning 4-stars from ESPN, but he barely played for SU, appearing in two games as a redshirt freshman before quietly disappearing from the active roster.
Nolton had a flurry of big offers out of high school, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, and Penn State, making him seem like a huge addition to the smaller-than-average defensive front. We may never know what happened behind the scenes with him, but it’s one of the bigger “what ifs” from the past couple seasons.
The transfer portal officially opens December 4. We’ll update you should any more Orange players announce their intentions prior to then.