Report: Pitt's Jordan Addison Expected to Transfer; Biletnikoff Winner Eyeing USC

Erin WalshApril 30, 2022

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 30: Jordan Addison #3 of the Pittsburgh Panthers rushes with the ball during the third quarter against the Michigan State Spartans during the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh wide receiver and 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison is reportedly expected to transfer this summer and is eyeing USC as a potential destination, according to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman

It's unclear why Addison is seeking a move from Pittsburgh.

Addison spent the first two seasons of his career with the Panthers and significantly elevated his game in 2021. He caught 100 passes for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to winning the Biletnikoff Award as the most outstanding FBS receiver. 

While it's unclear why Addison wants to enter the transfer portal, USC has been a top destination for players this offseason following the hiring of Lincoln Riley as head coach. The 38-year-old went 55-10 in five seasons at Oklahoma and led the Sooners to four bowl game appearances. 

Riley has already seen several Oklahoma players follow him to USC, including quarterback Caleb Williams, wide receiver Mario Williams and cornerback Latrell McCutchin.

Other players that have transferred to the school include Oregon's Travis Dye, Stanford's Austin Jones, Washington's Terrell Bynum, Colorado's Brenden Rice, Virginia's Bobby Haskins, TCU's Earl Barquet, Kansas State's Tyrone Taleni, Auburn's Romello Height, Alabama's Shane Lee and Colorado's Mekhi Blackmon. 

The opportunity to play with Caleb Williams could potentially have been appealing to Addison. With Kenny Pickett off to the NFL, having been selecting 20th overall in the 2022 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pitt's quarterback situation for the upcoming season is uncertain. 

Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti are likely to battle for the QB1 spot, but neither is as talented as Williams. 

While he didn't start in all 11 of his appearances for the Sooners in 2021, Williams still impressed, completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,912 yards and 21 touchdowns against four interceptions. He also rushed for 442 yards and six touchdowns. 

Thinking about Williams and Addison linking up in 2022 is sure to have Trojans fans excited.