Syracuse football was to host two key transfers on visits but one cancels

It’s proven a whirlwind for Syracuse football lately, with numerous coaching changes, players declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft, and guys bolting the program or committing to the Orange out of the NCAA’s transfer portal.

The ‘Cuse is in its off-season, after having wrapped up its 2022 campaign at 7-6 overall following an eight-point loss to Minnesota in the Pinstripe Bowl. So recruiting is a big focus these days.

To that end, this coming weekend, Syracuse football coaches were to have two talented transfers on the ‘Cuse campus for visits, but one has just canceled his trip, according to articles from SyracuseOnSI publisher Mike McAllister.

McAllister has reported that Ty Keyes, a quarterback transfer from Southern Mississippi, will take a trip to the Hill on Saturday, Jan. 14. Tight end Jermaine Terry II, a transfer from California, had planned to make an official visit to the Orange campus this upcoming weekend but will no longer come to the Hill, per McAllister.

Both the 6-foot-2 Keyes and the 6-foot-4 Terry have received scholarship offers from the ‘Cuse, according to media reports and social media posts.

Syracuse football continues to hit the transfer portal hard.

Keyes has three years of eligibility left. He saw limited action at Southern Miss. As a member of the 2021 class out of Taylorsville High School in Taylorsville, Miss., Keyes was rated as four stars and the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback across the country, according to ESPN.

Assuming he returns for another season with the Orange, Garrett Shrader should be the starting quarterback yet again. However, after 2023 four-star quarterback LaNorris Sellers flipped his commitment from Syracuse football to South Carolina last month, it seems that ‘Cuse coaches are eyeing another addition to their quarterback room.

McAllister wrote in one article this week that Terry “has two years of eligibility remaining with his redshirt year still available.” Terry recently visited Oregon State, and his offer sheet also includes Colorado, Hawaii, Indiana and Nevada.

On Thursday, Terry committed to Oregon State, right before he was eyeing his visit to Central New York. That’s a bummer.

According to McAllister and other experts, Terry is an excellent blocker, extremely athletic and boasts promise as a receiver at the tight-end spot.

Terry went to John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond, Calif., and was part of the 2021 cycle. Multiple recruiting services rated him as a four-star player.

Both the industry-generated 247Sports Composite and 247Sports placed him as a top-seven tight end and a top-18 prospect in California within this class.

Deemed a top-250 national player in the 2021 cycle by numerous recruiting Web sites, Terry held more than two-dozen offers in high school, from collegiate heavyweights such as Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma, according to his bio on the 247Sports Web site.

We’ll certainly continue to monitor the current recruiting process of Keyes, and I wish Terry nothing but success in the Pac-12 Conference moving forward.