2023 signee Josiah Jeffery: Syracuse ‘treated me like family’

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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.

“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.

» Related: Here’s everything that happened on Syracuse’s 2022 Early Signing Day

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.”

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]sujuiceonline.com.