Right before the start of last season, Pitt added former Maryland grad transfer wide receiver D.J. Turner to their roster which turned out to be a very good addition. Turner played like the 4-star recruit that he was coming out of high school and is hoping to now take his talent to the NFL.
It looks as though Pitt is trying to make a similar move this season by adding a former highly ranked high school recruit.
On Thursday, Pitt extended an offer to Hawaii grad transfer wide receiver Melquise Stovall, who played last season for new wide receivers coach Brennan Marion.
Coming out of Paraclete High School in Lancaster, California, Stovall was a Rivals four-star recruit with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Miami FL, Nebraska, Notre Dame, North Carolina, USC, UCLA, Utah and Washington. Stovall signed with California, before moving onto Riverside City College in California and then transferring to Hawaii as a junior in 2019. In two years at Hawaii, Stovall registered 49 catches for 580 yards and four touchdowns.
Stovall has one more opportunity to play college football and hopes to fulfill his immense potential. He recently entered the NCAA Transfer Portal and received the news from Marion that he has the opportunity to play for him again at Pitt.
“We’ve had communication since I recently hopped in the portal,” said Stovall. “We’ve contacted each other here and there and he ended up pulling the trigger with the offer yesterday. He believes that I can come in and make a good impact with the team. They’re young right now and don’t have a whole lot of seniority on the team so they’re looking for a couple of older leaders to come in and help out the team as much as possible.”
Conditions may not always be perfect, occasionally you have to be like @MelquiseS. Make a catch behind you with one hand, and hit a spin move or two. Go out and make your own play today!#HawaiiFB #WinEveryDay pic.twitter.com/3rIrIyAjql
— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) November 30, 2020
“I really didn’t know if an offer from Pitt was going to come or not. My thing with jumping into the portal was that I wanted to look for a team that was going to utilize my skill and talent as much as possible. I really had no idea it would come when I entered the portal but it’s a real blessing to receive it. Coach Marion and I have a really good relationship and believe that’s a big reason the offer came about. He knows that I can get the job done if he calls my number.”
Stovall is a 5-foot-9, 190 pound player that is capable of playing many different positions and speed is a big part of his game.
“I’d like to think that I excel in a few different areas,” said Stovall. “Strength, speed, quickness and just being knowledgeable about the game of football. I’m very experienced so whatever team I go to, I believe they’ll be getting a leader and an all-around playmaker. You can line me up in the slot, spread me out, running back, quarterback, it doesn’t matter because I think I’ll get the job done.”
Stovall told PSN that he’s hearing from a few other D-1 programs and could be receiving more offers as soon as this weekend. Regardless of what happens, he appreciates this opportunity from his former position coach and believes Pitt is lucky to have added Brennan Marion to their football program.
“More importantly, Pitt added a great person to their program. They added a loving person and coach that really, really cares about his players. The main thing is that Coach Marion loves his players outside of football. Normally, a lot of coaches don’t talk to their players outside of football but Coach does. He’ll always check in with you to see how you’re doing and to make sure you’re ok. I believe the sport of football doesn’t have enough coaches that care for their players outside of just playing football and he does a great job of doing that.”