Speculation surrounding the transfer from Pittsburgh to USC for star wideout Jordan Addison has included plenty of claims that USC simply had more money to offer than the next guy.

According to ESPN’s Paolo Uggetti, however, Addison’s decision to ultimately choose USC over a list of suitors that included the deep-pocketed Texas Longhorns and Alabama Crimson Tide had more to do with football than it did NIL opportunities.

That reporting is in line with what fellow ESPN college football insider Pete Thamel wrote on Thursday:

“Sources made clear to ESPN throughout the process that Addison’s professional future was going to lead his decision-making.”

During the 2021 season, Addison finished fourth among all FBS wideouts with 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns on 100 receptions. He was tied for the FBS lead in touchdown receptions and finished with eight 100-yard games, the second-best season by a Panther wideout in program history.

The 6-foot, 175-pound wideout won the Biletnikoff Award as college football’s most outstanding wide receiver, helping Pitt claim an ACC title. He also earned consensus First Team All-American status, the first sophomore to achieve that since Larry Fitzgerald in 2003.

Addison will join a USC wideout group that includes Mario Williams, Brenden Rice, Terrell Bynum, Gary Bryant Jr., and Tahj Washington. USC opens its season Sept. 3 at home against Rice.