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For the second consecutive off-season, Pitt is looking at a transfer from the University of Florida football program.
Last year, Pitt struck gold when they landed former Gators linebacker Kylan Johnson, who ended up being one of the most impactful players on the highly ranked 2019 Pitt defense. Now, they’re looking at someone on the offensive side of the ball.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed that Pitt has been in communication with former Florida offensive Chris Bleich, who’s announced that he’s transferring from the Florida football program.
Bleich (6’6″, 330) is a redshirt freshman and is from Wyoming Valley West High School in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania. Bleich started the first 8 games for the Gators before being benched.
The former 3-star prospect is someone that Pat Narduzzi is familiar with after having unsuccessfully trying to recruit him two years ago. Originally, Bleich committed to Penn State before flipping to UCLA and then eventually signing with Dan Mullen and Florida.
An interesting twist to this eventual transfer is that unlike most players that attempt to go from a Power Five program to another one, Bleich might not have to sit out the upcoming season. The NCAA grants waivers to athletes who present a case with family issues and this could be the case with Bleich.
“Issues at home and I think it sort of came from that,” said Mullen at a recent press conference.
Pitt isn’t the only program showing interest in this talented lineman. Recently, Bleich made a visit to Syracuse, which was one of the many programs recruiting him out of high school.
Pitt is looking to add at least one offensive lineman to their Class of 2020 so Bleich is an attractive option.