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Syracuse football: Transfer S Devin Grant brings ball-hawk ability to SU secondary

The Orange DB factory is still open for business!

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 02 Buffalo at Wisconsin Photo by Lawrence Iles/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Opponents beware: the Syracuse Orange began reloading their secondary by landing a bang from a few hours west. Safety Devin Grant, a First-Team All-MAC recipient this year, will make the commute east to join Fran Brown’s new cast of players in 2024.

Grant had a fantastic sophomore season with Buffalo, compiling 79 tackles, five interceptions (two of which were pick-sixes), a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. Now he will look to replicate that success over the next two seasons in Syracuse.

The 6’4”, 190 lbs. defensive back was rated four-stars by 247 Sports in high school, and he received other transfer offers from Vanderbilt, Michigan State, and Oklahoma State. However, a big deciding factor (aside from staying in his home state) could be that Rob Wright, his defensive coordinator with the Bulls, was recently hired by SU to become their linebackers coach.

Grant should see some immediate playing time since 2023 starter Jason Simmons Jr. graduated. Rover Justin Barron has not yet said whether he will return for a 5th year, so if he doesn’t, that role would surely grow even larger.

Grant’s addition brings the total incoming class of recruits & transfers up to 23 new faces - and more may be on the way soon.