USC rumored to be landing spot for Biletnikoff-winning wideout transfer
Some major news is brewing on draft night.
According to multiple reports, Pitt wideout and 2021 Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison is considering entering the transfer portal, and USC appears to be the likely destination if he does. Addison has not yet put his name into the transfer portal, per reports, but there seems to be a sense he’ll look to do so.
Hearing rumors that Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison is transferring from Pitt to USC on a massive NIL deal. This is getting wild.
— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman81) April 30, 2022
SOURCE: Quite a situation brewing involving Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison looking into transferring from Pitt with USC as a possible destination. He had 100 catches for 1593 yards and 17 TDs last year.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) April 30, 2022
Addison broke out in a major way last season, the benefactor of Kenny Pickett’s ascension to one of the best quarterbacks in the country. The 6-foot junior had a modest debut season after signing with Pitt in the 2020 class. He was named a Freshman All-American, he was an honorable mention All-ACC selection and the ACC Rookie of the Year runner-up. And he led the Panthers in receiving with 60 catches for 666 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games.
And that was modest. Because, as a sophomore, Addison was near-unstoppable. He 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 behind a guy by the name of Larry Fitzgerald.
Pickett is off to the NFL, and Pitt’s offensive coordinator, Mark Whipple, left to accept the same position at Nebraska. If Addison does indeed depart and head for the West Coast, it would be a significant blow to the Panthers.
But what a coup for Lincoln Riley and the Trojans.
So far this offseason, USC has added transfer wideouts in Terrell Bynum (Washington), Brenden Rice (Colorado), and Mario Williams (Oklahoma) to a room that includes Gary Bryant Jr. and Tahj Washington. Does USC need another marquee receiver? Maybe not, but Riley has quickly established USC as one of the premier transfer destinations in all of college football.
Quarterback Caleb Williams elected to transfer from Oklahoma to USC. Running back Travis Dye elected to transfer from Oregon to USC after leading the Pac-12 last season in all-purpose yards. Addison would give the Trojans one more elite playmaker on an offense that already appears to boast more than a few.
We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.