It may have been a slow start, but the wide receivers room has been one of the most effective units offensively for Pitt this season. But still, considering how the offense has looked, that’s not saying much.
After what will either be a 3-9 or 4-8 season, depending on the result against Duke this weekend, there will be major changes made offensively. The coaching staff is trying to see if the quarterback of the future is currently on the roster, and whoever it ends up being will need some weapons.
So, as seasons are winding down and players are entering the transfer portal ahead of the 2024 season, Pitt will likely be very active in the portal.
On3’s Pete Nakos reported that Pitt has already contacted Cornell grad transfer wide receiver Nicholas Laboy, along with Ohio, Maryland, Duke, Wisconsin, Indiana, Wyoming, West Virginia, Georgia State and Miami (Oh.).
Cornell grad transfer WR Nicholas Laboy tells @On3sports he's been contacted by Ohio, Maryland, Duke, Wisconsin, Pitt, IU, Wyoming, WVU, Georgia State and Miami (OH).
— Pete Nakos (@PeteNakos_) November 20, 2023
Laboy — a 6-foot-2, 195-pound wideout originally from Gaithersburg, Md. — will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at his next location after having a COVID-19 cancelation and redshirt season with Cornell.
Despite spending four seasons at Cornell, Laboy has only played in two seasons — after having his freshman season canceled by COVID-19 and not seeing the field as a sophomore. And he’s excelled in both.
After catching 25 passes for 369 yards (14.8 yards per catch) and two touchdowns as a junior in 2022, he emerged as the leading pass-catcher for the Big Red. Laboy was third in the Ivy League with 58 catches for 705 yards (12.2 yards per reception) and two touchdowns.
The Pitt wide receiving corps has the chance to look drastically different next season. Bub Means, who leads the Panthers with 636 yards (18.2 yards per attempt) and five touchdowns, has a decision to make. He walked on Senior Night but does have the ability to return for another season.
Konata Mumpfield and DaeDae Reynolds are set to return, and Kenny Johnson, Izzy Polk, Zion Fowler-El and Lamar Seymore will all be a year older and more experienced. But it’s clear, especially if Means doesn’t return, that Pitt will be looking to add to the room.
Tiquan Underwood was active in the transfer portal last offseason, and while he landed Reynolds from Florida, the other portal options fell through at different points throughout the offseason.
It will be interesting to see Pitt’s approach this offseason as it looks to supplement the receiving corps.