Syracuse Football: Garrett Shrader brings more QB competition – terrific!

Syracuse football, Garrett Shrader
Syracuse football, Garrett Shrader /

Garrett Shrader is transferring from Mississippi State to Syracuse football.

It’s better late than never, as Syracuse football offered a scholarship to quarterback Garrett Shrader when he was in high school, only to see him end up at Mississippi State.

But now Shrader, a highly coveted, four-star prospect out of high school, has elected to transfer from Mississippi State to the Orange, he recently revealed on Twitter.

Not only that, but assuming the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Shrader is able to suit up for the ‘Cuse in the 2021 stanza, he will absolutely contend for the starting job at quarterback, along with redshirt junior Tommy DeVito and others on the Orange’s QB depth chart.

An article from 247Sports reporter Stephen Bailey says that Shrader plans to enroll at Syracuse University in January. Under present NCAA rules, he will have to sit out a term as a traditional transfer, however, NCAA officials are working on changing their rules to allow student-athletes in all sports a one-time transfer exception with immediate eligibility.

Nothing is a guarantee, however, it does seem there is a strong chance that Shrader, a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining, will be able to officially compete for the ‘Cuse in 2021.

Syracuse football has a QB competition on its hands with the addition of SEC transfer Garrett Shrader.

Shrader not only has a really good arm, he gets things done in the running department too. As we previously reported, during his freshman stint at Mississippi State, Shrader three for 1,170 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for 587 yards and six scores.

In the 2020 campaign that is nearing its conclusion, Shrader got moved to wide receiver, but he wanted to suit up at quarterback for the remainder of his collegiate career. Thus, Shrader entered into the transfer portal, and now he’s a member of the ‘Cuse.

Besides DeVito and several other current Syracuse football quarterbacks, Justin Lamson also last week inked his national letter of intent with the Orange. Lamson is a top-20 dual-threat quarterback in the 2021 cycle, per 247Sports.

Shrader had some pretty interesting things to say in his interview with 247Sports’ Bailey. Here’s one quote that we wanted to pass along.

“I wanted to go somewhere that has a pretty wide-open offense,” Shrader said. “That was the biggest thing. I don’t really care about the cold. I know we don’t really have to deal with it playing in the Dome anyway. That was the biggest thing. I wanted to go somewhere where we put up points. I don’t want to just be a game manager.”

Shrader added, “I like Coach [Dino] Babers a lot. He’s very excited, very energetic guy, passionate. He said he’s not bringing someone in to be the backup. He’s bringing me in to compete and ultimately try to win the job. I’m not coming to sit.”

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