With Pitt’s vast wealth of defensive line depth, inside and outside, it was going to lead to some of Pitt’s linemen looking for opportunities elsewhere.
Emmanuel “JoJo” Belgrave, a redshirt sophomore defensive lineman from Miami Southridge Senior in Miami, Florida, officially entered the transfer portal Tuesday afternoon.
My Recruitment Is Now Open!!! pic.twitter.com/fFlKh1btUv
— J o J o B e l g r a v e (@jomoney_9) April 26, 2022
“I want to say I appreciate the University of Pittsburgh Coaching Staff for giving me a opportunity to play football and getting my education,” Belgrave said on Twitter. “Also to my life skills family at Pitt I want to truly thank you’ll for everything since the I walked through those Pitt doors. To my brothers that I made during the time at Pitt I want thank you’ll for those talks off the field, moments at the game, and moments grinding in the off-season with the strength staff. Pittsburgh will forever be my home and I’m thankful.
“With that being said I’m entering the transfer portal and my recruitment is now open with 4 more years of eligibility.”
After arriving as a three-star recruit, the 1,272nd-ranked recruit in the class of 2020 (64th-ranked weakside defensive end and 169th-ranked recruit from Florida), he was not able to see the field during his two seasons in Pittsburgh.
With four seasons of eligibility, coming from a Power Five program, Belgrave (6-foot-3, 255 pounds) should be an attractive option for a program at a lower level.
With Belgrave officially exiting, along with tight end Kaymar Mimes two weeks ago, Pitt now has 83 scholarship players ahead of the 2022 season — two below the maximum limit.