2026 RB D’Antae Sheffey recaps ‘surprising’ Syracuse offer

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One of the fastest rising prospects in Pennsylvania is 2026 running back D’Antae Sheffey from State College High.

In just his freshman season, Sheffey rushed for 1,725 yards and 24 touchdowns, and was named to the Pennsylvania Class 6A First Team All-State Team. That led to him picking up his first collegiate offer from Syracuse.

“It was surprising really,” Sheffey said in an interview with The Juice Online. “It really came out of nowhere.”

But it was as good a surprise as Sheffey, who is also receiving interest from Penn State, could’ve hoped for.

“I like Syracuse,” Sheffey said. “Not that far (from where I live), and I feel like it’s a great program.”

The Orange finished 7-6 this season in no small part to the running game. Running back Sean Tucker finished with 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns, his second straight 1,000+ yard season. In 2021, he rushed for 1,496 yards, showing how an RB can thrive in the SU system.

It could be a good fit with the 6-foot, 190-pound back, who also finished with 2,034 all purpose yards.

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“I’m a versatile running back,” Sheffey said. “I can be shifty and when I need to get those little yards I can get them.”

Syracuse running backs coach Mike Lynch and defensive line coach Chris Achuff extended the offer.

“I liked them,” Sheffey said. “They were really excited about me and just had a great personality.”

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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.