Big news today as four players are reportedly transferring from the Pitt football program.
Chris Peak of Pantherlair.com was first to report that Kaezon Pugh, Henry Miller, Kam Carter and Malik Henderson plan on transferring from the Pitt program.
Pugh is the biggest name of this group because he’s an Aliquippa native and a former 4-star recruit. The redshirt freshman just couldn’t seem to find a position with the Panthers. He was recruited as a linebacker and then was moved to defensive end last year but never got on the field last season. Pugh’s ability to pickup the defense could’ve been an issue.
It will be interesting to see where Pugh decides to transfer and what position he’s recruited to play. He will have to sit out a year and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
After getting limited playing time early, Carter didn’t dress the remaining three games of the season. Because he’s already a redshirt sophomore, Carter will only have one year of playing time available if he goes to a D-1 school. This will be Carter’s fourth school in his collegiate career (Penn State, East Mississippi Community College and Pitt).
Miller is the second most surprising name on this list. Just last year, Pat Narduzzi said that he believed Miller could be a future star at linebacker. The Florida native was recruited to Pitt as a safety but was changed to linebacker midway through last season. The redshirt freshman will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Henderson, another native of Florida, was part of Narduzzi’s first recruiting class at Pitt. Henderson played three different positions at Pitt and was a player that wasn’t going to get on the field, thus the transfer.
These departures combined with three players declaring for the NFL Draft and the earlier transfers of Ben DiNucci, Thomas MacVittie and Chawntez Moss gives Narduzzi and his staff three additional scholarships to bring in players in February. I would not be surprised to see a couple more players decide to transfer in the near future.
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