The Syracuse Orange have been rather active after National Signing Day. First they received a commitment from graduate transfer defensive end Gabe Sherrod, then they signed junior college cornerback Michael Moore. They are not yet, however.
Former Maryland wide receiver and graduate transfer Amba Etta-Tawo has picked Syracuse as his destination, he tells CuseNation.com.
"Signed and fired up about the season," he said. "Good environment, good genuine coaching staff and a great opportunity."
Etta-Tawo came onto Syracuse's radar immediately after he announced his transfer plans. Syracuse expressed interest, set up a visit, and were able to seal the deal. Etta-Tawo was on campus for that visit March 9th and 10th, according to a source.
The former Terp wideout is known as a speedster who can take the top off of a defense. His combination of size and speed makes him an intriguing option next season.
Tawo is listed at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds on the Maryland Athletics website. During his three year Maryland career, he caught 61 total passes for 938 yards and three touchdowns. Etta-Tawo only had one 100-yard receiving performance, which ironically came against Syracuse during the 2013 season.
It is clear that the Orange staff wants to improve the speed and playmaking ability on the roster, and Etta-Tawo will help do that for the 2016 season. This is a low risk, high reward situation. Etta-Tawo provides depth and speed to the wide receivers' group. If he does not pan out or struggles in practice, he is only there for one season.
Etta-Tawo came to Maryland as a two-star wide receiver out of Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern. He also had offers from Illinois, South Florida, Southern Miss, Central Florida and Virginia.
It was rumored that Illinois also had interest in Etta-Tawo, but that was when Bill Cubit was still the head coach.