Former Pitt tight end and Neshannock graduate Tyler Sear has committed to Temple, he announced on his Twitter page on Thursday.
Sear, who checks in at 6-foot-4 and 250-pounds, was Pitt’s starting tight end in 2018, but left the team in the middle of the season last October.
He finished his Pitt career with three catches for 19 yards in 15 games, seven of which were starts.
Sear will have to apply for an NCAA waiver to eligible to play in 2019. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
I will be continuing my Athletic and Academic career at Temple University. pic.twitter.com/HZnciMxdFA
— Tyler Sear (@TS17__) April 18, 2019
Sear left the team on Oct. 10, as Pitt was preparing to visit Notre Dame. Pitt characterized the departure as for “personal reasons.” He announced his intention to transfer on Oct. 16, but left the door open for a possible return to Pitt.
When he was being recruited out of Neshannock, Sear has originally committed to Temple before changing his mind and joining the Panthers.
His departure is one of a series at that position for the Panthers, as Chris Clark chose to leave the team and eventually transferred last spring and Charles Reaves was dismissed from the team last summer.
Pitt has also had three tight ends de-commit from the team and not sign after originally giving their verbal commitments: Jay Symonds and Matt Alaimo and 2018 and Travis Koontz in 2019.
Senior Arkansas graduate transfer Will Gragg is expected to start for the Panthers in 2019, with redshirt sophomore Grant Carrigan (Pine-Richland) and fellow Neshannock grad and redshirt senior Jim Medure providing depth.