Syracuse had several surprises on the first day of Early National Signing Day, and one of them was certainly 2023 linebacker Josiah Jeffery.
The Greenwood (SC) High athlete took a visit over the weekend to Syracuse, which cemented his commitment to the Orange.
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“They treated me like family,” Jeffery said in an interview with The Juice Online. “I feel like all the players and coaches are great people.”
Jeffery joins an incoming linebacker group that includes New York’s Zyian Moultrie-Goddard and Lackawanna CC transfer Lonnie Rice. In all, Syracuse signed 16 players on Wednesday, and added four more via the transfer portal.
“I feel like the team is great and going to shock a lot of people around the country,” Jeffery said. “Especially with the new group coming in.”
Jeffery was a team captain at Greenwood and finished with 71 tackles, and was an All-South Carolina pick and was named two times to the All-Lakelands Team.
He selected Syracuse over offers from Appalachian State and Coastal Carolina.
Jeffery was one of three surprises on Wednesday. Syracuse also added 2023 offense lineman Trevion Mack, flipping him from Northern Illinois, and Missouri transfer punter Jack Stonehouse.
Though he’s one of the newest members of the SU class, he’s ready to get to work.
“(I’m) looking forward to getting to play with my new teammates,” Jeffery said. “I think (defensive coordinator Rocky) Long is going to set our defense up to be successful week in and week out.”