When Daidren Zipperer committed to Pitt, he made a visit to Utah just under a week later. Now it looks like he’s headed to Utah.
It was weird timing for Zipperer to commit, considering he clearly wasn’t all that committed in the first place, and it’s also clear that both Pitt and Zipperer had different ideas about a potential fit.
Zipperer decommitted Monday night, a month after committing, and despite his commitment, Pitt is okay. It’s not as if Zipperer — while being a decent recruit — is a commit that breaks the mold.
Zipperer’s commitment just comes at a time when any bad news will be perceived as a slight against the team. Yes, Pitt lost to Louisville. Yes, this season has been a disaster. No, Zipperer’s decommitment isn’t the end of the world.
247Sports rates Zipperer as the 1,327th-ranked recruit in the class (187th wide receiver and 191st recruit from Florida) while Rivals hasn’t ranked him. Obviously, stars aren’t the deciding factor in what determines a recruit’s success, but Zipperer is a recruit who didn’t have a long-term bond with Pitt.
With the way Pitt’s offense has performed this season, there’s an expectation for some that all of the offensive commits will jump ship. That will likely not be the case. Could a commit or two decommit? Sure, commits decommit all the time. At every school.
And when it comes to Pitt’s wide receivers, there’s still a talented trio of wide receivers committed.
Pitt still has three wide receivers in the class of 2023.
Zion Fowler — 6-foot-1, 185-pound three-star from Jersey City, New Jersey
Fowler has been committed to Pitt for over a year, the first commit in the class, and he’s only continued to show a dynamic blend of elite athleticism and dynamic ability.
Fowler has recorded 26 receptions for 507 yards and six touchdowns for St. Peters’ Prep this season, serving as the deep threat in the offense. He’s also an explosive basketball player at St. Peter’s.
Kenny Johnson — 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star from York, Pennsylvania
As a junior at Dallastown Area, Johnson electrified as a two-way threat, recording 852 yards and seven touchdowns on 46 receptions and 41 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a hybrid linebacker.
And Johnson also excelled as a basketball and track & field athlete. Like Fowler, Johnson is an elite athlete.
Lamar Seymore — 6-foot, 175-pound three-star from Miami, Florida
Seymore flipped from Miami to Pitt not long after his official visit over the summer, and he’s been an elite playmaker for national powerhouse Miami Central.
Seymore, a team captain on Miami Central’s unbeaten squad, has recorded 20 receptions for 217 yards and a team-high five touchdowns in six recorded games. He scored three touchdowns in a recent win over rival Columbus.
While Pitt missed out on Hykeem Williams and now doesn’t have a commitment from Zipperer, that’s a strong core of wide receivers. And with the uncertainty on the horizon, it’s a stout foundation.
Jared Wayne will likely be leaving upon the season’s conclusion. Konata Mumpfield, Bub Means, Jaylon Barden, Myles Alston and Gavin Thomson are the only other receivers to take snaps this season, and it’s not likely that all five players return next season. Addison Copeland and Che Nwabuko will enter as redshirt freshmen next season.
It’s tough for freshmen wide receivers to make a major impact, but Pitt has three currently on the way. And will likely add from the transfer portal over the offseason. Zipperer’s decommitment is just another step in the process.