Former Syracuse defensive end Qaadir Sheppard announced Friday that he is transferring to Ole Miss.
Sheppard made the announcement on his private Instagram account, but Ben Garrett of Ole Miss Spirit reported the news.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, Sheppard appeared in nine games for the Orange as a true freshman. He recorded one tackle and one interception. He was also suspended for the final three games of the season for reportedly failing a drug test.
Syracuse fired the coach that recruited Sheppard, Scott Shafer, and replaced him with Dino Babers. Sheppard and fellow true freshman Amir Ealey were both dismissed from the program in early February.
It is not uncommon for a new coach to take over a program and set a hard example on discipline matters, so maybe it’s possible Sheppard would have finished serving an indefinite suspension and gotten back in the good graces of the Syracuse program if the school hadn’t changed coaches.
Regardless, he will sit out the 2016 season because of the NCAA’s transfer rules and will still have three years of eligibility remaining for Ole Miss beginning in 2017.
Sheppard, a Bronx, N.Y. native, was rated as the No. 58 outside linebacker in the nation as a senior at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, N.Y. He reportedly chose Syracuse from nine offers, but none from an SEC school.