The writing was on the wall for Joey Yellen at Pitt, competing behind Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti for third-string opportunities, and he’s decided to look for increased playing time.
According to On3’s Matt Zenitz, Yellen has decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal — his second trip to the portal after leaving Arizona State for Pitt — as his path to playing time has evaporated.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) April 29, 2022
Yellen, a former four-star quarterback out of Mission Viejo High School in California, enrolled at Arizona State in 2019 and preserved his redshirt — throwing for 296 yards and four touchdowns and two interceptions against USC in his lone outing.
Arriving at Pitt as Kenny Pickett’s backup in 2020, Yellen played in four games as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 402 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions on 35-of-78 passing attempts. Patti ascended the depth chart in 2021, supplanting Yellen, and Yellen didn’t see the field as a redshirt sophomore.
Since Yellen will be transferring for a second time, he will not be immediately eligible for his next team, but he will have the ability to play multiple seasons at his next destination.
As a former Top 300 recruit in the class of 2019, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound signal-caller will suitors despite his inconsistency at the collegiate level thus far.
With Slovis and Patti, along with redshirt freshman Nate Yarnell on scholarship, Pitt’s quarterback room is being thinned out. But recruits from the classes of 2023 and 2024 will soon be factors in the equation.
After the transfers of Davis Beville, Kaymar Mimes and JoJo Belgrave in roughly the last month, Pitt has a few scholarships to play with. After the addition of Louisiana Tech wide receiver Bub Means, Pitt still has two available scholarships.