For the second consecutive season, the Pitt Panthers will be losing a few key linebackers from their defensive unit.
Last year, they dealt with this by bringing aboard Florida gradate transfer Kylan Johnson. This turned out to be a great move as Johnson was one of the most productive players on the defense with 52 tackles, 11 tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and seven sacks.
Could Pat Narduzzi look to replace the linebackers he’s losing this year with another grad transfer?
On Monday, a player from Western Pennsylvania and someone that Pitt pursued when coming out of high school entered the transfer portal.
Stanford linebacker Andrew Pryts (6’1″, 225) has decided to explore the possibility of leaving Stanford. This past season, he started all 12 games for Stanford and led them with a team high 72 tackles.
Narduzzi recruited Pryts when he was a 4-star prospect coming out of Hickory High School in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. Keep in mind though, Pryts originally committed to Penn State before changing his mind and signing with Stanford.
Following tonight’s game against Eastern Michigan, Pitt will be looking to replace senior linebackers Saleem Brightwell, Kylan Johnson plus Elias Reynolds who transferred during the season. For the 2020 season, Pitt will have two senior linebakers: Phil Campbell and Chase Pine.