The Pitt Panthers wide receiving corps was a huge topic of conversation this offseason, namely due to the transfer of Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison to USC.
However, Addison wasn’t the only Panther wideout to move on to another program.
With Addison’s departure turning into national news, another Pitt departure was moved to the back page and lost in the shuffle.
Former highly-regarded recruit Shocky Jacques-Louis made the decision to play elsewhere with his final season of college eligibility.
Jacques-Louis was a member of Pitt’s Class of 2018 as he selected Pitt over other opportunities from Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Central Florida, Virginia, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Wake Forest.
Addison aside, the main reason this wasn’t considered big news was that Jacques-Louis’ talent was never maximized and, frankly, he never lived up to his potential.
While Addison traveled out to the West Coast, Jacques-Louis instead stayed on the East Coast and joined the Akron Zips.
Entering the 2022 season, these two players had different national expectations in terms of performance, with Addison looked at as one of the nation’s top receivers.
The great thing about sports is they’re totally unpredictable and, ultimately, things have to play out on the field.
The college football season is six weeks old, and I’m confident in saying no one would have predicted these individual statistics:
— Corie Church (@CStyle239) October 6, 2022
— Akron Football (@ZipsFB) September 2, 2022
Jordan Addison: 32 catches for 479 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Shocky Jacques-Louis: 37 catches for 509 yards and 1 touchdown.
In case you were wondering:
Jared Wayne: 23 catches for 390 yards and 1 touchdown despite missing a game and a half.