Not surprisingly, in the wake of Dino Babers‘ first season at Syracuse, attrition has continued to hit the Orange football program.
In a Facebook posting earlier this month, Alryk Perry announced that he will be transferring from Syracuse and continuing his collegiate playing career elsewhere. That elsewhere was subsequently confirmed by the Syracuse Post-Standard to be Division II Valdosta State.
The linebacker will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 because he’ll be a graduate transfer as well as moving down a couple of levels. In the social media missive, however, Perry seemed resigned to his football days coming to an end before Valdosta stepped up.
From elementary to middle school to high (school) and now to college I just can’t seem to finish at the place that I’ve started,” Perry wrote. “Getting to play (Division) 1 football is every player’s dream and I dream of playing for one more year. I’m leaving Syracuse University with a degree and the memories of the amazing times and people so I can’t say I didn’t have a great time here.
“I just know there isn’t anything left (for) me football wise. I’m trying to find one place that will take me for my last year of eligibility as a grad transfer and if that doesn’t happen then I’ll have to hang up the cleats. I’ll forever bleed orange and to those who have shown me support or helped (me) get to this point I thank you. #BleedOrange #GORANGE
Perry had played in just one game during his four seasons with the Orange. He is, though, at least the seventh player to leave Babers’ team since mid-October. In the last three weeks, defensive backs Chauncey Scissum (HERE) and Corey Winfield (HERE) have announced their decisions to transfer. Quarterback Austin White confirmed over this past weekend that he would be transferring to Coastal Carolina, while tight end Trey Dunkelberger was the first to leave and ultimately landed at Western Illinois. A pair of defensive tackles — Tyler Cross and Anthony Giudice — have also left the program recently.