For the second time this offseason, Pitt has landed a quarterback from the transfer portal.
First, it was former Boston College quarterback Phil Jurkovec, and today, it’s former Penn State quarterback Christian Veilleux.
Being at Penn State has been nothing but a blessing. I want to thank my teammates, coaches, and staff for memories that I’ll cherish forever. I will be entering my name in the transfer portal with 3 years of eligibility. pic.twitter.com/7uE4hdKlW5
— Chr1st1an Vei11eux (@VeilleuxQB11) November 29, 2022
Veilleux announced his decision to transfer from Penn State in November and has kept information regarding his second college recruitment very quiet. Pittsburgh Sports Now believes that Veilleux made this decision to commit to Pitt following an official visit this weekend.
As a true freshman in 2021, Veilleux played in two games and completed 16-of-26 passes for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns. This past season, he fell down on the Nittany Lions depth chart due to the arrival of Drew Allar and appeared in only three games, completing 7-of-9 passes for 44 yards.
Prior to committing to Penn State, Veilleux (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) held offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Indiana, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Michigan, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. In the end, the native of Ontario committed to Penn State over Clemson and Tennessee.
These two quarterback additions dramatically change Pitt’s quarterback depth chart for 2023 as Jurkovec and Veilleux will no doubt start the season as QB1 and QB2 respectively. Although he has the option to return, the arrival of these two quarterbacks most likely means Nick Patti will choose to move on following the bowl game. It also likely puts the future of Nate Yarnell as a Panther into question. Pitt also has a verbal commitment from 2023 three-star quarterback Ty Dieffenbach.
Veilleux arrives at Pitt with three seasons of athletic eligibility still remaining.