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Update on Former Pitt LB Solomon DeShields; Teams Interested and Visit Set

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A couple days after entering the NCAA Transfer Portal, former Pitt linebacker Solomon DeShields has already arranged a weekend visit.

Matt Zenitz from 247 Sports is reporting that DeShields will travel to Texas A&M this weekend for a visit, his first since departing Pitt.

In addition to Texas A&M, DeShields tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that other teams that contacted him include Washington, Iowa State, Syracuse, Colorado, Virginia and Memphis.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound fifth-year linebacker from Millville, N.J. was expected to serve as the leader of the Pitt linebacking corps in 2024, playing either Star or Money in the defense.

DeShields broke out as a starter in 2023, playing the Star linebacker in the system, and he recorded 58 tackles (27 solo), 8.0 tackles for loss, two sacks and a pass breakup in 12 games — basically 11 games after leaving the Wake Forest loss after the opening kickoff.

He recorded 594 defensive snaps in 2023, the most of any linebacker and fourth-most on the defense, and he graded out as one of the top-rated players on the defense. He was one of the more impactful pass rushers (14 pressures and 10 hurries) and better run defenders — 28 stops and just five missed tackles.

In four seasons at Pitt, redshirting in 2020, DeShields finishes with 85 tackles (40 solo), 13 tackles for loss, six sacks, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup.

Pitt is reasonably well equipped to deal with the loss of DeShields, considering Kyle Louis, Rasheem Biles, Braylan Lovelace and Jordan Bass are all returning (we assume) at outside linebacker, but it’s still a tough blow for what was expected to be a defensive strength.

DeShields is the second Pitt athlete who had announced a deal with Alliance 412, the preferred NIL collective, but as is the case in the new age of college football, nothing is ever a sure thing — especially when NIL is involved.

 

 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Sam
Sam
1 month ago

Who?

H2P 79
H2P 79
1 month ago

Can PSN stop with the articles about Pitt players that have entered the portal. I’m interested in the players on the team and the future

Rob
Rob
1 month ago
Reply to  H2P 79

I’ll bet you’re interested in the articles about players who are in the portal and considering Pitt though, aren’t you? Hypocrite.

kevin
kevin
1 month ago
Reply to  Rob

Hey Rob, We are interested in Pitt football. Unlike you, so get the hell off our site!
H2P!

JHoff14
JHoff14
1 month ago

Curious as to if they get money from the NIL from the current school and transfer to another school, do they have to give the money back?

412fanatic
412fanatic
1 month ago
Reply to  JHoff14

As it was explained to me, more specifically for basketball, with the NIL money, they get monthly payments!

Maz1960
Maz1960
1 month ago

My question is does this departure or any of these departures really matter? Just look at who is leaving … Hayes, Camon, Okunlola, DeShields, Veilleux and

DeShields hurts, the linebacker position is substantially deeper than defensive end. Super senior Brandon George returns for his sixth season at Pitt and the Panthers added Ohio graduate transfer Keye Thompson during the offseason. Pitt also returns Jordan Bass, Rasheem Biles, Kyle Louis and Braylan Lovelace, all of whom saw playing time this past season.

Quarterback Christian Veilleux

Exile
Exile
1 month ago

Those are the school’s interested? Outside of Syracuse or Memphis I don’t think this guy starts for any of the others.

On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago

Fran Brown will be a problem for Pitt, Rutgers, BC. From Jersey and can really recruit

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