Safety Durell Eskridge has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft, he posted on his Instagram account:
”To all my family, friends, mentors and most importantly my die hard Syracuse fans, I decided to forgo my senior season and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. It has been a pleasure playing in the dome these last 3 years and it has been amazing being apart of the Orange family for the past 4 years. I am grateful to be apart of a family (Syracuse) that has supported me through the good and bad times and I know you guys have my best interest. Again, I thank you all for being supportive and being family to me. Go Orange!! #Love.”
The news does not come as much of a surprise, as Eskridge has performed well enough to be considered a prized prospect. His combination of size, athleticism and speed make him an ideal talent for the safety position at the next level.
"Durell has been a pleasure to coach and to have in our program," said Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer in a release. "We, his Syracuse family, are excited for Durell and wish him continued success in this next step in his life."
Eskridge burst onto the scene with a strong redshirt sophomore campaign, and flashed more ability this past season. The highlight was his pick six of Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson at MetLife Stadium.
Eskridge was third on the team in total tackles with 68. He also had the one interception, broke up three passes and recovered a fumble.
The loss of Eskridge will leave safeties Rodney Williams and Chauncey Scissum as the starters entering spring ball. There will be reinforcements coming in the 2015 class, however, to add depth. Marquise Blair, Syracuse’s highest rated verbal commitment, may push for time. Safety Christopher Fredrick out of Georgia is also a name to watch.