The wide receiving corps appears to be in solid shape when it comes to the 2024, but with Bub Means entering the NFL Draft, there’s certainly room for another contributor or two.
Tiquan Underwood has been busy in the portal, extending offers and making home visits, and C.J. Lee is one of the latest transfer wide receivers to receive an offer.
Lee — a 5-foot-11, 170-pound junior wide receiver from Clearwater, Fla. — is coming off a very strong start to his collegiate career at the FCS level.
He’s also received an offer from Rhode Island since he entered the portal on Dec. 7.
— C.J.lee (@CensereLee) December 7, 2023
Lee was an underrated recruit out of Clearwater High in the class of 2022, not receiving any FBS offers, but he quickly emerged as a Southern Conference All-Freshman Wide Receiver. And he broke out in a big way in 2023.
He led Western Carolina in just about every receiver category last season, hauling in 40 receptions for 719 yards (18 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns in 10 games.
Lee was an outside receiver for the Catamounts, with just about 86% of his snaps coming out wide, and according to PFF, he racked up 234 yards after catch (5.9 YAC/routes run), converted 5-of-13 contested catch opportunities and recorded 24 first downs.
A couple of drops on deep balls point to even more potential in the passing game, already thriving as an intermediate range wideout at Western Carolina.
Lee will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at his next location. And it just so happens that his current offensive coordinator is also linked to Pitt this offseason, too.
Means is gone now, and it appears that Underwood is once again looking to stock the room with additional talent.
Pitt has lost Means and Addison Copeland III, who decided to enter the transfer portal himself, and there’s a slim group of proven returners in 2024. Konata Mumpfield and Daejon Reynolds have legitimate experience, Kenny Johnson showed extreme promise as a true freshman and that’s the extent of proven talent.
Izzy Polk caught a few balls as a true freshman, and Zion Fowler-El and Lamar Seymore have received a ton of hype since arriving. Jake McConnachie and Che Nwabuko are also in the mix.
Underwood has extended offers to a number of wide receivers already in the transfer portal, too.