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Pitt Looks to Add Depth to Wide Receiver Unit with the Transfer Portal



Pitt is currently making strides in trying to find new wide receivers in the transfer portal this offseason.

The Panthers just finished Spring Practice, which culminated with the Spring Game on April 15 at Acrisure Stadium. The team worked together and grew over those five weeks and have worked together to improve their skills.

The wide receiver group is one that many people are looking to see the improvement from last season to now. The starters for the group are redshirt senior Bub Means, junior Konata Mumpfield and Florida transfer redshirt sophomore Daejon Reynolds. First-years in Israel Polk and Lamar Seymore should serve as great depth pieces and also in the punt/kickoff return units. Redshirt junior Jahvante Royal, who moved from defensive back, redshirt first-years in Che Nwabuko and Addison Copeland III, as well as incoming first years in Zion Fowler and Kenny Johnson round out the scholarship players at wide receiver.

The Pitt coaching staff, despite having 10 wide receivers under scholarship, are continuing to work in the transfer portal and find a new wide receiver to bring in.

They offered Dylan Goffney out of SMU, the first team to do so once he joined the portal. Goffney stands at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds and hails from Cypress, Texas. Pitt offered him out of high school, but he chose to stay at home at SMU.

Goffney caught 32 passes for 500 yards (15.6 yards per reception) and two touchdowns over his two seasons with the Mustangs. He played in 12 games last season, recording 18 catches for 369 yards (20.5 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.

He holds offers from Western Kentucky, Arizona State, Bowling Green State, UConn, California, Colorado State, Louisiana-Monroe, Charlotte, Fresno State and Texas State since joining the portal on Friday, April 21. Goffney, if he choose Pitt, will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Eastern Michigan transfer, senior Dairus Lassiter, is another player that Pitt is looking at to add to the wide receiver group.

Lassiter, who stands at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, played one season for the Eagles, making 40 receptions for 471 yards (11.8 yards per reception) and catching four touchdowns. His best game of the season came against San Jose State in the Idaho Potato Bowl, where he had six receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns.

He played for Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kan. for three seasons prior to Eastern Michigan, where he caught 51 receptions for 923 yards and 10 touchdowns — including 37 receptions for 707 yards (19.1 yards per reception) and 10 touchdowns in 2021.

Tulsa, Boston College, Middle Tennessee, East Carolina, UNLV, JMU, Texas State, Toledo, BYU, Colorado State, Washington State and UConn are schools that have offered Lassiter since he announced his decision to transfer on April 17.

Pitt has also made contact with former 5-star out of TCU in sophomore Jordan Hudson. Hudson played in 14 games in 2022 as a first year, making 14 catches for 174 yards and four touchdowns, as TCU made it to the National Title game.

Hudson, who stands at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, has heard from plenty of school since joining the portal, including Georgia, Penn State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Colorado.

The last wide receiver Pitt has spoken to is Cincinnati sophomore Marcus Peterson. Peterson hails from Lake City, Fla. and played for Columbia High School.

Pitt recruited Peterson, who earned a three-star rating, with persistence during his time in high school. They made his top six schools, and he visited the program, before choosing Cincinnati. He currently holds offers from Jacksonville State and New Hampshire and he is also making a visit to Colorado.

Peterson stands at 6-foot-3 and at 220 pounds and told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he “would come back” to visit if given the chance.

Pitt holds three scholarships left prior to the upcoming season. Stay tuned to Pitt football recruiting coverage from PSN on the latest offers, visits, transfers and commitments.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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