Pitt’s wide receivers looked as good as they have all season in a win over No. 18 UCLA in the Sun Bowl, but the unit is still looking to be upgraded this offseason.
Tiquan Underwood and the Pitt coaching staff have identified — and offered — a number of wide receivers out of the transfer portal, but the top target has been Kent State transfer Dante Cephas.
And when it comes to Cephas, ESPN’s Pete Thamel said that “all signs point to Pitt” when it comes to his self-identified best wide receiver in the transfer portal.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 2, 2023
Cephas, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound wideout from Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh, was a modestly recruited prospect out of high school, but he’s seen his stock skyrocket after four seasons at Kent State.
Since entering the transfer portal, Cephas has received offers from Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, Oklahoma, Kansas, Notre Dame, Penn State and West Virginia — with Pitt offering first.
Cephas has made multiple unofficial visits to Pittsburgh’s South Side facility since he entered the transfer portal, and as a Pittsburgh native, he’s very familiar with the area.
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.
With Jared Wayne’s future still undecided, and a relatively inexperienced wide receivers’ room behind him, Cephas would be a perfect replacement (and even better complement to Wayne as a 1A-1B duo) at Pitt.