Former Pitt wide receiver John Vardzel announced via Twitter that he has committed to Rhode Island for his final two seasons of college eligibility.
Vardzel, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound wide receiver who spent his senior season at North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pennsylvania, will have more of a chance to make an impact as a starting wide receiver at the FCS level and still has the added potential of having a couple of seasons left under his belt.
— John Vardzel (@john_vardzel) April 13, 2022
“I would like to thank Coach Narduzzi, my teammates, and the rest of the coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh,” Vardzel wrote in his statement on Twitter. “After careful consideration and constant prayer, I have decided to enter the transfer portal as a grad-transfer with 2 years of eligibility remaining. I’m so thankful for everything I’ve accomplished at Pitt: Earned Scholarship, 35 career games, 2X Coastal Champion, ACC Champion #H2P”
Vardzel, who originally walked on to the team and redshirted in 2018, earned a scholarship and played in all but two of Pitt’s games over the past three seasons as a special teams ace. He caught five balls for 17 yards and returned five punts for seven yards in his three seasons on the roster.
Vardzel’s older brother Michael is a former Pitt wide receiver, and his younger brother Peter is currently a walk-on redshirt freshman wide receiver at Pitt.