Monday’s announcement that redshirt freshman wide receiver Cameron O’Neil is leaving Pitt football program didn’t come as a big surprise considering the amount of young depth the Panthers have stockpiled at that position.
Additionally, the reality of the situation is that Pitt is short on scholarships and need some available if they’re going to add anyone else in the February signing period.
In fact, the departure of O’Neil has Pitt sitting at the scholarship limit of 85 so if they’re to add anyone else next month, more attrition from the roster will need to happen.
Players leaving the programs happens for all different reasons. Some want a quicker path to playing time elsewhere. Others might just want to move closer to home. The coaches that recruited many of the players on the roster are no longer with Pitt, which might make some of the remaining guys a poor fit stylistically or personality-wise. Usually, it’s a healthy thing for the program to be able to bring full recruiting classes in every year and for players to seek the best possible opportunities for themselves.
Here’s my guess on what positions we could see some movement in the next few weeks and months. Remember also that Pitt won’t actually be up against the limit until the rest of the Class of 2020 enrolls in the summer. So some of this movement could occur after spring practice.