The MAC came calling for Dante Cephas out of North Hills High School in 2019, and he eventually committed to Kent State, but he’s played himself into a more high-profile situation.
Cephas, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound wide receiver who played four seasons at Kent State, entered the transfer portal Sunday night following an All-MAC campaign. And there will be plenty of interest from Power Five programs.
— Dante Cephas (@FouLceph) December 5, 2022
Cephas broke out with a 1,240-yard, nine-touchdown performance campaign in 2021, and he followed it up with 48 receptions for 744 yards and three touchdowns this season — in just nine games.
With 130 receptions for 1,984 yards (15.3 yards per reception) and 12 touchdowns over the last two seasons, Cephas has earned back-to-back All-MAC first-team honors at wide receiver.
It’s been a long road for a recruit who originally only received offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Howard, Kent State and Toledo, but he will have two seasons of eligibility at his next location.
Aside from just being a Pittsburgh native, Cephas has the type of ability that has no doubt already attracted the interest of Tiquan Underwood and Pitt’s coaching staff.
With Jared Wayne’s future at Pitt still undecided, Cephas is a potential target (the second MAC transfer in two years following Konata Mumpfield arriving from Akron last season).
Mumpfield and Bub Means are both set to return as two-thirds of Pitt’s starting wide receiving corps.
Pitt hasn’t officially extended an offer to Cephas yet, but it’s likely only a matter of time as he’s followed by a number of Pitt players and coaches.