For the second time this month, a Pitt linebacker has made the decision to enter the transfer portal.
Earlier this month, inside linebacker Wendell Davis choose that route and today so did freshman linebacker A.J. Roberts.
The freshman from Staten Island, New York was a three-star recruit in Pitt’s Class of 2020. Roberts was recruited to Pitt by Tim Salem and selected the Panthers over other offers from Boston College, Duke, LSU, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and UMass.
Roberts released this statement on Twitter regarding his decision to leave Pitt:
“I would first like to thank the University of Pittsburgh for a great education system and the wonderful people that came with it. I am grateful for the teammates I played with and bonds I have made with them. Memories will always last forever and I wish nothing but the best for them. I hope my guys take it all the way. I was able to have a great experience at the University of Pittsburgh and I appreciate everyone that was involved in helping me have that experience. Right now, I have to do what’s best for myself and my future. With that being said, I will be entering the transfer portal.”
Pittsburgh Sports Now reached Roberts following his decision and he told us this decision was made because of future playing time and his desire to find an opportunity to get on the field.
At the Mike linebacker, he has SirVocea Dennis and Brandon George ahead of him. At Money linebacker, it’s Phil Campbell, Bangally Kamara and Solomon DeShields.
Roberts will four seasons of eligibility remaining.