New head coach Fran Brown keeps on cooking up a loaded incoming class of Syracuse Orange football players. His latest addition to the 2024 roster is transfer edge rusher James Heard Jr., who redshirted in his sole season with West Virginia.
Heard was originally a three-star prospect out of Brown’s hometown: Camden, New Jersey. He appeared in three games for the Mountaineers but did not record any statistics.
The 6’2”, 230 lbs. defensive edge could quickly slot into significant playing time in what was a thin position group before Sunday. While his recent endeavors weren’t publicized as much, Heard was initially offered by Penn State, Tennessee, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and others.
It’s also worth noting that new defensive coordinator Elijah Robinson was his primary recruiter for the Aggies, and he likely had a large role bringing him to Syracuse.
Heard is the seventh-highest rated recruit/transfer for the Orange, and sixth-highest pickup by Brown, but notably has the number one composite score (88.04) among those on the defensive side of the ball. And with all four years of eligibility still remaining, he’ll be part of a solid foundation to help rebuild the pass rush with.