There was an expectation that the transfer portal officially opening would lead to some chaos across the college football landscape, but Pitt lost Kedon Slovis to the transfer and still increased its quarterback room numbers.
Slovis exited the program via the transfer portal, and Pitt almost immediately landed Boston College transfer Phil Jurkovec. And it didn’t stop there as Pitt added a commitment from 2023 three-star quarterback Ty Dieffenbach.
Dieffenbach, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound quarterback from Agoura High in Agoura Hills, California, decommitted from UNLV on Monday afternoon, and he officially committed to Pitt Monday night.
— Ty Dieffenbach (@tydieffenbach14) December 6, 2022
After Pitt lost four-star quarterback commit Kenny Minchey in November, Pitt turned its attention to 2023 recruits. Pitt offered Dieffenbach on Saturday, with Frank Cignetti Jr. flying out to watch him throw in person and personally extend the offer.
“When coach (Cignetti) told me about the offer, I was just fired up,” Dieffenbach told PSN on Saturday. “I was like, ‘Thank you so much, coach.’ This offer from Pitt is a huge deal for me and my family. It was awesome.”
Dieffenbach threw for Cignetti for about 10 minutes, showing off deep out, deep ins, comebacks, getting under center and working on five- and seven-step drops. And it resulted in the eventual offer.
“Well, obviously their previous quarterback commitment de-committed, and on Monday, they told me they were going through Twitter and looking at 2023 quarterbacks and came across my film,” Dieffenbach said. “They got in touch with me on Monday, and we’ve been talking ever since. Coach Salem was going to come out to watch me throw, but coach Cignetti decided he wanted to come out. So, he flew in last night and this morning we threw, and he offered me.
“I wouldn’t say that I was nervous, but I will say that there was some adrenaline there because it’s Pitt, and they’re incredible. But once I started throwing all that stuff went away and I was locked in ready to go.”
Dieffenbach fielded offers from Colorado, Georgetown, UNLV, San Diego State, Tulane and Yale.
Dieffenbach played in six games this season at Agoura as a senior, completing 49-of-103 pass attempts 617 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions. It wasn’t the greatest showing, but he flashes potential as a junior.
As a junior, Dieffenbach completed 169-of-269 pass attempts (63%) for 2,669 yards with 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions – flashing a strong-armed potential.
247Sports rates Dieffenbach as the 1,600th-ranked recruit in the class (87th-ranked quarterback and 151st-ranked recruit from California) while On3 rates him as the 1,612th-ranked recruit in the class (89th-ranked quarterback and 149th-ranked recruit from California).
Rivals is lower on Dieffenbach, classifying him as a two-star recruit with a 5.3 Rivals Rating.
With Dieffenbach’s commitment, Pitt now has two older and two younger quarterbacks on the roster. Jurkovec and Nick Patti — whose status this season is still undetermined — each have one season of eligibility. Dieffenbach and Nate Yarnell are both quarterbacks with potential for the future.
It’s also not unlikely that Pitt dips back into the transfer portal market for another quarterback either.