This past weekend, Syracuse signed JUCO defensive lineman Shaquille Grosvenor.
The New Jersey native played last season at Mesa Community College in Arizona where he made 24 tackles with 3.5 coming for loss.
Grosvenor has three years of eligibility remaining. He chose Syracuse over scholarship offers from Lamar and Arkansas State.
Standing at 6’2 and weighing 285 pounds, Grosvenor will most likely be asked to add weight in the offseason. SU’s best returning tackle, Chris Slayton, weighs 314 pounds. Every other tackle on the SU roster weighs over 300 pounds or hovers right around that number.
From the first minute of Grosvenor’s tape, it’s clear that he’s a run stuffer. Last season Syracuse finished 108th in Division I in rushing defense. Look for Grosvenor to play in obvious running situations next year. Remember, under Dino Babers, there is a lot of rotation on the d-line. Expect Grosvenor to get a shot.
At Mesa, Grosvenor also lined up at the defensive end spot on occasion. He is mainly being recruited to play tackle at Syracuse, but that versatility could help the Orange next season.
In pass defense, Grosvenor broke up a few screen passes a year ago as well. That is also an encouraging sign.
With Steven Clarke’s future up in the air, adding Grosvenor is a smart move. Ideally, the Syracuse coaching staff probably wanted to see a little more production from the defensive lineman in his time at Mesa, but he clearly deserves a shot.
The SU staff had been courting Grosvenor since before National Signing Day. In that time, the defensive lineman has done enough to prove that he deserves a scholarship. Over the next three years, we’ll see if that was the right decision.
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Posted: Connor Morrissette