Syracuse has made keeping players at home a priority under head coach Scott Shafer. They landed their third New York State prospect this cycle when three-star defensive end Qaadir Sheppard pulled the trigger.
Sheppard is coming to Syracuse as a two-way threat that will get a shot to play both tight end and defensive end, though his long-term future is most likely on the defensive side of the ball. He is Syracuse's fifth defensive end in the 2015 class, joining Amir Ealey, Keivonnis Davis, Brandon Ginnetti and Dana Levine. Ginnetti, however, is deferring enrollment until January 2016 to further recover from a foot injury.
The Iona Prep standout committed to the Orange coaches on Thursday, but wanted to announce publicly on Friday. Scout respected his wishes and did not report his decision until he had the chance to do so himself.
Sheppard chose Syracuse over offers from UCF, Connecticut, Boston College, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Virginia among others. He is the 26th commitment in Syracuse's 2015 class. His primary recruiter was offensive line coach Joe Adam.