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Syracuse tight end Aaron Hackett will not return in 2021

Senior tight end Aaron Hackett has entered the transfer portal, he confirmed to The Daily Orange in a text message on Monday. He will not return to Syracuse in 2021.

Hackett has one remaining year of eligibility, due to the NCAA’s ruling that the fall season would not count as a year of eligibility. Prior to the season, Hackett was planning to opt-out because he was not 100% healthy after a torn pectoral muscle hindered his offseason, his father, David said. Multiple schools have inquired about the senior tight end from Venice High School in Florida, who was primarily a blocker before breaking out as a receiver during his junior season.

“I am extremely grateful for my time at Syracuse University these last three and a half years,” Hackett said in a text. “I am truly honored to have played for such a historically great program with such amazing fan support. I am appreciative of Coach Babers and Coach Reno Ferri for taking a chance on me four years ago and giving me the opportunity to represent Syracuse University.

I have met so many amazing people here and created friendships that will last a lifetime. I am extremely grateful for all my teammates who battled through this adversity this season and did not stop fighting until the end. To all those who supported me through the highs and lows over the last 4 seasons, I cannot express my gratitude deeply enough. Although I am unsure of my next step, I will not be returning to Syracuse for the 2021 season. However, I will always be part of the Syracuse Orange family. Thank you!”