Pitt may have lost the battle to Michigan State on Thursday night in the Peach Bowl, but it seems the war isn’t quite over.
Michigan State redshirt junior safety Michael Dowell entered the transfer portal ahead of the Peach Bowl, after walking in Senior Day against Penn State, and he’s officially found a landing spot at Pitt.
A day after his former and now current teammates clashed in a closely contested 31-21 Michigan State win in the Peach Bowl, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi announced Dowell’s arrival in Pittsburgh.
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A 6-foot-1, 215-pound safety in Michigan State’s defense, Dowell will likely be able to provide safety depth or could potentially convert to star linebacker and replace the outgoing Johnny Petrishen. With 40 tackles (26 solo), two tackles for loss and three pass breakups, Dowell played a versatile role in Michigan State’s defense as safety and nickel back.
Dowell graded out as one of Michigan State’s best defensive backs this season, according to Pro Football Focus — although, the unit was porous as a whole.
Pitt originally recruited Dowell out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, but he ended up following his older brothers to East Lansing.
Dowell will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at Pitt because of the COVID-19 extension. He finished his Michigan State career with 82 tackles (53 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, a half sack, five passes defended, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in 25 games.