In order for Frank Cignetti Jr.’s run-heavy offense to operate most effectively, Pitt needs to have a stable of running backs at its disposal.
Israel Abanikanda is likely headed off the NFL, and C’Bo Flemister and Vincent Davis still have decisions to make when it comes to returning to Pitt next season.
So, Pitt is browsing the transfer portal for running backs to pair with Rodney Hammond Jr. next season — possibly Flemister too — and extended an offer to Trevion Cooley, a 5-foot-10, 200-pound sophomore running back from Louisville.
Pitt offered 💙 pic.twitter.com/WlvbJLIjXf
— Trevion Cooley (@TrevionCooley) December 6, 2022
Cooley, who was originally a three-star recruit in the class of 2021 out of Knightdale, North Carolina, entered the transfer portal last week after a solid yet sparingly used career at Louisville.
In two seasons, he racked up 709 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 145 carries and 239 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 21 receptions. He broke onto the scene as a true freshman with 431 yards on the ground and 173 yards through the air in a backup role.
As a sophomore, Cooley ran for 278 yards and two touchdowns and added 66 receiving yards and another touchdown.
In Pitt’s matchup against Louisville this season, Cooley ran 11 times for 75 yards and added two receptions for 14 more yards.
Cooley will have two seasons of eligibility at his next school, and since he entered the transfer portal, he’s posted offers from Pitt and North Carolina State.