Garrett Shrader, a recruiting name from the past, is possibly back on the radar of Syracuse football.
Shrader, a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining, reportedly has an interest in the Orange, and the feeling is mutual among ‘Cuse coaches, according to several media articles that I’ve read on the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Shrader.
Per a tweet by 247Sports’ Stephen Bailey, Shrader appears high on Syracuse football and three other collegiate teams. As a freshman at Mississippi State, he played in 10 games and started four of them, throwing for 1,170 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 587 yards and six scores.
In the 2020 campaign, he was moved to wide receiver but wants to suit up at quarterback for the rest of his college career. Shrader has his junior and senior campaigns to go, plus the NCAA has granted all student-athletes in fall sports, such as football, an extra year of competition due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Orange does still have a few scholarships available in its 2021 class. If Shrader chose the ‘Cuse, he might need a waiver for immediate eligibility to play next season, although NCAA officials are also working on a proposal that would give student-athletes in all sports a one-time transfer exception to immediately compete.
Syracuse football and Mississippi State QB transfer Garrett Shrader are showing mutual interest.
Analysts, commentators, writers and the Orange fan base have certainly voiced their opinions about the perceived lack of stellar recruiting by Syracuse football at the quarterback position.
That being said, the ‘Cuse does have six QBs on its present roster, plus three-star Justin Lamson, a top-20 dual-threat quarterback from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, Calif., has committed to the Orange in its 2021 cycle.
Prior to joining Mississippi State, Shrader attended Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, N.C. A member of the 2019 recruiting class, Shrader was rated a four-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, which ranked him No. 238 overall, No. 7 at dual-threat quarterback and No. 9 in the state of North Carolina in this cycle.
According to his bio on the 247Sports Web site, Shrader received nearly 20 scholarship offers, including one from the ‘Cuse. Other teams to have offered him were Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and West Virginia.