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Syracuse football: DL Dion Wilson Jr. joins influx of transfers

“Tank” chooses to spend his second transfer on the Orange

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APR 09 Arizona Spring Game Photo by Christopher Hook/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Due to a court ruling, the NCAA’s practice of not allowing immediate second-time transfers is on hold, and players are taking advantage. The newest member of Fran Brown’s incoming crop is one of them.

Dion Wilson Jr, a 6’5”, 300 lbs. defensive lineman who has played for both Arizona and New Mexico State, will join the Syracuse Orange for the 2024 season. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Wilson racked up 30 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2023, both career highs, then chose to enter the transfer portal for the second straight year. He also had interest from Rutgers, Texas A&M, and others before committing to ‘Cuse.

Wilson enters as the largest build on the defensive side of the ball, revamping a d-line that has been frequently called “undersized” compared to others. He joins Fadil Diggs as an upperclassmen transfer who will ideally act as a leader for the bulk of younger guys coming in.

SU badly needed interior help, and Wilson can make a strong case to start immediately. He’s an interesting piece to watch once spring camp gets underway and we see what the defensive structure looks like.