Jordan Addison has submitted his paperwork and officially entered the NCAA transfer portal, Pittsburgh Sports Now can confirm.
Addison, Pitt’s Biletnikoff Award-winning wide receiver in 2021, shockingly entered the rumor mill Friday night, with reports of USC offering a lucrative NIL deal to lure him to Los Angeles. Addison was spotted at the Las Vegas airport Saturday, and despite Pitt’s efforts to keep Addison in Pittsburgh, Addison has officially exited the program.
Addison, obviously, is a massive loss for the program. The best wide receiver in college football doesn’t leave without drastically impacting his position room. Addison caught 100 balls for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2021, providing Kenny Pickett with a favorite target, and now Pickett and Addison are both gone entering the 2022 season.
After two seasons at Pitt, he will finish his Pitt 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. A move of Addison’s magnitude is a landscape-altering event that seemingly begins the age of college football where NIL deals rule over all else.
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 increased playing time. Jaden Bradley, Addison Copeland and now Che Nwabuko will be expected to step up — and Pitt could look into the portal themselves for a replacement. Tennessee Tech transfer Bub Means would now be a major piece in 2022, if eligible to play.
Addison is gone, and now Pitt will move on. In the new era of college football, if a player wants out, he’ll leave. It’s onto the next for Pitt football, which has already seemingly rallied around the loss.
While Addison’s next destination may or may not be USC, he will have no shortage of suitors looking to secure his signature for the 2022 season.