A major story is developing Friday night as Pitt appears to be losing their best player to USC and many in Oakland are questioning USC’s tactics.
Jordan Addison, the 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner as college football’s top wide receiver and one of Pitt’s top players, is expected to exit the program and accept a massive NIL deal at USC, Pittsburgh Sport Now can confirm. Andrew Fillipponi of 93.7 The Fan first reported the news.
The story doesn’t end there as the Pitt football program believes that the USC coaches illegally tampered with Addison, while he has not yet in the transfer portal. PSN has been told to expect Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi to make a public statement that will target USC’s alleged tampering with his best player. Sources also tell Pittsburgh Sports Now that new USC head coach Lincoln Riley is believed to have used the same questionable tactics to lure Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams from Oklahoma to USC.
While this isn’t official, the word is that USC is offering Addison a NIL deal north of $2 million to head to Southern California. PSN is also told that this isn’t the first time a program has offered Addison a large sum of money. Following the season, it’s believed that Kentucky offered the Biletnikoff winner $800,000 to go to Lexington and he turned them down.
It’s a shocking loss for Pitt, losing a two-year starter who developed from a four-star recruit out of Frederick, Maryland into the best wide receiver in college football. Addison earned Pitt’s third Biletnikoff Award in 2021, joining Antonio Bryant and Larry Fitzgerald, and earned consensus All-American honors on the heels of a season in which he caught 100 balls for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns.
After two seasons at Pitt, he will reportedly finish his career with 160 catches for 2,259 yards and 21 touchdowns in just 24 games. Addison’s loss isn’t just devastating from the on-field standpoint as he was expected to be a key piece in leading Pitt’s offense post-Kenny Pickett. It’s one of the most shocking moves of the off-season, the NIL era drawing a seemingly secure player to a new location.
Jared Wayne and Konata Mumpfield form a very strong duo without Addison in the picture, and Jaylon Barden is the next slot piece in line to earn massive playing time. Jaden Bradley, Addison Copeland and now Che Nwabuko will be expected to step up — and Pitt could look into the portal themsleves for a replacement.
But there will be no replacing the loss that Addison’s absence leaves on Pitt’s roster.