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Pitt Officially Adds Commitments From Christian Veilleux and Donovan McMillon

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While high school recruits putting the pen to paper and officially signing their National Letter of Intent may dominate National Signing Day, Pitt secured a couple of high-profile transfer signings early Wednesday morning.

Christian Veilleux and Donovan McMillon both joined the long list of Pitt’s class of 2023 members signing their NLI Wednesday, officially joining the program.

Veilleux and McMillon are both former top recruits from the class of 2021, flashing potential at Penn State and Florida, respectively, but ultimately looking for opportunities elsewhere. Pitt happened to be the best fit for both.

Veilleux declared his intentions to enter the transfer portal in late November, and after a quick recruiting process, he verbally committed to Pitt on Sunday.

Veilleux signed his NLI early Wednesday, officially joining Pitt.

In two seasons at Penn State, he threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-35 pass attempts, but a majority of those numbers came in his lone start against Rutgers in 2021.

After five-star Drew Allar arrived last season and rose to No. 2 on the depth chart, Veilleux only attempted nine passes as a sophomore. He arrives at Pitt with three seasons of eligibility and the chance to immediately backup fellow transfer Phil Jurkovec.

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. Ultimately, the native of Ontario committed to Penn State over Clemson, Tennessee and Duke.

McMillon also moved quickly after entering the transfer portal earlier this month, verbally committing to Pitt Thursday.

He received offers this time around from Kansas State, Miami, Nebraska, Kansas, Boston College, Mississippi State, Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Minnesota but ultimately committed to hometown Pitt.

“I’m really just excited about the whole opportunity and to get a second chance with Pitt and to just play football,” McMillon told PSN after his commitment. “I’m excited to win and help this team win. This is a program that’s been already winning, as they were ACC Champions last season.

“I’m really excited about the energy I’m feeling from the fan base. My family has been super excited about the decision and this decision makes it easier for everyone. It’s a pretty awesome feeling right now.”

Most of McMillon’s action — over the course of his 25 games in Gainesville — came as a special teams gunner. But he was able to flash a hard-hitting, sure-handed tackling ability when afforded the chance.

In McMillon’s sophomore season, he recorded 64 defensive snaps — 27 in run defense and 37 in coverage. He missed just one tackle and allowed 19 yards on three receptions (three targets) where he was in coverage.

In his two seasons at Florida, he recorded 30 tackles (18 solo) and a tackle for loss.

The former four-star commit figures to slot right into the battle to replace Brandon Hill in Pitt’s secondary this season, adding a high-upside, hard-hitting safety to the fold.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Rob Radich
Rob Radich
1 month ago

Nice additions H2P

kevin
kevin
1 month ago

So, we ended up getting how many 4 star transfers (known prospects)? Not sure why our ranking isn’t higher given all the transfers. I would take a 4 star transfer, who started at a decent school, over a high school 4 star recruit.
H2P!!!

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