Defensive end is one of the positions with the biggest questions marks for Syracuse entering te 2016 season. There is a significant lack of experience there, which forced the Orange to look at junior college and graduate transfer options to shore up the position.
Syracuse has found their guy in former Delaware State defensive end Gabe Sherrod. Sherrod committed to the Orange, he announced on Sunday. He previously called Syracuse the front runner for his services.
The commitment is verbal and there is nothing binding to sign. He becomes official once he arrives on campus over the summer. Sherrod also says he is done taking visits.
Sherrod recently told CuseNation.com that a "big time" program contacted him before he visited Syracuse. That did not keep him from picking the Orange, who had been recruiting him hard for several weeks.
"I came from nothing," Sherrod said previously. "And you're telling me you think I can play in the ACC? It's a dream come true. It's truly a dream come true. It's indescribable. I never thought in a million years I'd have a chance to contribute to a school like Syracuse.
"It's an amazing feeling. God opened up a door for me and poured a blessing out that I wasn't even ready for."
Sherrod is listed at 6-foot-4, 240-pounds on the Delaware State website. He recently told CuseNation.com he is up to 255-pounds.
With the attrition at defensive end from the early loss of Ron Thompson to the NFL Draft combined with Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey being dismissed from the team, the addition of Sherrod is huge. He gives Syracuse immediate size, speed, athleticism and experience at the position.
Sherrod was highly producitve at Delaware State, leading the FCS level in tackles for loss as a junior. He also compiled eight sacks during the 2015 campaign. Sherrod has an excellent opportunity to start during his final year of college football.
Interestingly, Sherrod came to Delaware State as a wide receiver. He redshirted his first year and played wideout during his redshirt freshman season. As a sophomore, he moved to devensive end and made an immediate impact.
You can view highlights of Sherrod at Delaware State HERE.