Quarterback Joey Yellen has signed with Pitt and enrolled in classes for the spring semester, just a few days after giving his commitment to Pitt after transferring from Arizona State.
Yellen, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound pro-style quarterback, played just one season with the Sun Devils before deciding to transfer. It was reported last week that he picked Pitt as his transfer destination.
Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced on Monday afternoon that Yellen had officially signed with the school. Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that Yellen has enrolled for classes in the spring semester.
“Joey’s recruitment happened incredibly fast,” Narduzzi said in a press release. “(Offensive coordinator) Mark Whipple made contact with him immediately after he went into the portal in mid-December. Joey wanted to be enrolled for the upcoming semester so we basically did an unofficial visit over FaceTime since it was a dead period. Even in that tight window, everyone did their homework. I know Joey is excited to be at Pitt and we’re thrilled to get a great person and quarterback.”
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) January 6, 2020
Yellen’s early enrollment will allow him to being workouts with his teammates immediately and be part of team drills when spring practices begin, typically in March. Yellen will not be eligible to play in the 2020 season, but he will have three seasons of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2021.
While he’s sitting out, Yellen will likely run Pitt’s scout team while Nick Patti and Davis Beville compete to back up incumbent starter Kenny Pickett. Beville, Patti and Yellen should be in line to compete for the starting job in 2021.
A four-star prospect out of Mission Viejo High School in California, Yellen originally chose Arizona State over offers from Boise State, Georgia and Oregon State.
An injury forced Yellen from action after playing in just one game with the Sun Devils in 2019. While he was out, fellow freshman Jayden Daniels secured a job as Arizona State’s starter.
Yellen is the fifth Division I transfer quarterback brought to Pitt by Narduzzi since 2015, following Nate Peterman, Bo Schneider, Max Browne and Jeff George, Jr.