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Graduate transfer tight end Lucas Krull has committed to Pitt, becoming the 17th player to announce his commitment to the Panthers in the Class of 2020.
Krull, a 6-foot-6, 257-pound tight end, will come to Pitt with one season of eligibility remaining after spending the last two seasons with the Florida Gators.
— Lucas Krull (@Lucas_Krull_) December 16, 2019
A Kansas native, Krull played all 25 games over the last two seasons for the Gators, making six catches for 75 yards in 2018 and three grabs for 33 yards in 2019. Krull also threw a touchdown pass on a trick play against LSU in 2018.
A two-sport star in high school, Krull also explored a baseball career at the collegiate level. He spent the 2016-17 school year as a freshman on the Arkansas baseball team, but did not play. Krull then transferred to Jefferson College, where he again played baseball, but not football. Krull threw a 97 mph fastball, but had issues with command. He was even drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2018, but didn’t sign.
Instead, after graduating from Jefferson, Krull made the leap back to football and, after running a 4.46-second 40-yard dash with minimal preparation, ended up with the Gators for two seasons. As a redshirt junior in 2018, Krull fell behind former four-star sophomore Kyle Pitts on the depth chart at tight end, and decided to transfer after graduating from Florida in December.
Krull will join a Pitt tight ends room that is graduating co-starters Will Gragg and Nakia Griffin-Stewart. He’ll join redshirt junior-to-be Grant Carrigan and Kyi Wright, who redshirted as a true freshman in 2019.
Pitt has used transfers extensively at the position over the last few years, brining in Gragg from Arkansas, Griffin-Stewart and Matt Flanagan from Rutgers and Chris Clark from UCLA. That’s worked both ways for Pitt, though, as Clark, Charles Reeves and Tyler Sear have all transferred out of the program.
Krull is the second Gator in as many seasons to join the Panthers as a graduate transfer. Pitt landed outside linebacker Kylan Johnson as a graduate transfer from Florida ahead of the 2019 season.
At Pitt, Krull could again play baseball in the 2020 and 2021 seasons, if he were inclined to do so, though playing baseball in 2020 would likely be untenable due to the overlap with spring football practice. Pitt has had football-baseball two-sport athletes in the past, most notably former quarterback and catcher Kevan Smith, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels.