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The Sky Isn’t Falling with Daidren Zipperer’s Decommitment

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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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Kevin
Kevin
1 month ago

The sky started falling when Pitt hired Cignetti! It’s time to make the tough decision and move on. H2P!!!

Michael McP
Michael McP
1 month ago
Reply to  Kevin

Did Whipple leave for the money? Pitt paid him a lot less than Nebraska. Is Pitt too cheap?

SRS
SRS
1 month ago
Reply to  Michael McP

Nebraska is near a FB blue blood with no Pro Team in-State and 75000+ each Home game. Browser search engine results shows Whipple at $425-$475k at PITT. Following ACC Championship he likely wanted a good bump. You can allegorically deduce he did not get it, “Resigned for Family reasons, wink-wink” then signed with Nebraska for what suggests $825k.

We get re-tread tires Cavanaugh 2.0, which if you look at my posts right after the Hire I said he’ll Run-Run-PA Pass us into boredom and have a 2500yd Passer and 1500yd Runner, yawn.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago

If all 3 stay committed, but I’m sure one more at least will go, probably Seymore. Will Minchey stay, hard to believe he would sign up for this as Tennessee has a pass first offense with 100k fans every week in his backyard or playing for ND and it’s tradition.

TJ
TJ
1 month ago

Agree … plus, everything is speculation at this point. And, Underwood seems to be a great recruiter. H2P!

JimboG
JimboG
1 month ago

Pitt can’t be an attractive option right now for any offensive skill player, including Minchey. If you play Narduzzi’s/Cignetti’s insipid brand of offense, you better be rolling over people, week in/week out. And we’re not. Far from it.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago

It’s not falling with this decommitment, it’s falling because of an awful offense with a bad QB and a surrounding lineup of 3*’s

SRS
SRS
1 month ago

Nothing wrong with Rushing 55 times if you can Score 41 points and gain 418 yards doing so… works in Ann Arbor.
Do State Pen. ballers get on the Jet to come home at Away games so they can shower in more comfortable environment?

YoungBlood
YoungBlood
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

You mean in the gang bang shower at State Pen. ?

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  YoungBlood

words hurt
hahahaha

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

nice deflection (and Michigan would dump 100 on Duzz)
rent free
h2p

SRS
SRS
1 month ago

Joe knew.

SRS
SRS
1 month ago

100 no way, Ohio State only got 72 on us in 1996. We held them to less than 400 yards Rushing and 250 yards passing that Day. Wore em’ out, they had to use two QBs and seven RBs.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  SRS

that’s awesome, but remember it was 52-0 at half and third stringers played the whole second half.

SRS
SRS
1 month ago

NEWs Flash, fast forward to December. Auburn fires HC and Camden Brown enters Transfer Portal…. else we flip Rodney Gallagher from WVa if their HC gets canned.
What is the back-up plan for Minchey? I’d rather see them try to flip the NJ commited to Iowa than pick-up some of the other guys they had interest in (GA, NJ, and TN – Liberty U).

Pittband
Pittband
1 month ago

Syracuse game will be the test in two weeks. November, team use to playing in the Dome, a little bit of rain, little bit of wind, let’s just see. Addison’s last conference TD pass was a KP pass the wind knocked down. He adjusted to the flight quicker than the DB. Does Syracuse have any JA types or will Hallett pick another one?

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Pittband

I thought Syracuse was a heavy run team?

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