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Former Pitt Tight End Finds New Home



Former Pitt tight end Karter Johnson.

Karter Johnson will be spending his final collegiate season at a school where he should be able to make a much greater impact.

Johnson, a sixth-year senior tight end from Pickerington, Ohio who transferred to Pitt from Butler (Kan.) Community College in 2022, initially announced that he would be returning for his sixth season of eligibility, but that ended up not being the case. Instead, Johnson hit the transfer portal in February.

He announced Tuesday afternoon that he will spend his final season of eligibility at Florida A&M.

The Pitt coaching staff went in a new direction with the hire of Kade Bell, and Johnson found himself as an odd man out. Johnson was a nice contributor over his two seasons in Pittsburgh, often used as a blocking tight end at the end of the line, but he wasn’t going to make much of an impact in 2024.

He will have the opportunity to play for a FAMU squad that went 12-1 last season, won the SWAC and knocked off Howard in the Celebration Bowl.

Johnson played in 11 games for Pitt last season, recording 351 offensive snaps in the process. He caught 12 balls for 175 yards (14.6 yards per reception) and two touchdowns — including eight catches for 91 yards in the final two games of the season.

In two seasons at Pitt, he racked up 18 receptions for 261 yards (14.5 yards per reception) and two touchdowns.

Bartholomew is back for his final season, expected to finally serve as a featured weapon in the new system under Kade Bell, and he’s joined by Jake Renda and Cole Mitchell. Jake Overman arrived from Oregon State, and he looks like he will immediately step in as that No. 2 tight end in the system.

Malachi Thomas is a recent signee from Thomasville, Ga., and while it would be a surprise to see him contribute immediately, the coaching staff is very high on his ability.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

Wish him all the best. Hope he has an amazing season

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