Porterville Recorder

USC lands Allamerica­n WR Jordan Addison from Pitt


LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-american receiver Jordan Addison is transferri­ng from Pitt to Southern California.

The Biletnikof­f Award winner announced his decision Thursday on social media, ending weeks of speculatio­n on where the top receiver in college football will play this season.

“The last few weeks have been very difficult,” Addison wrote. “I struggled with my decision as to whether I should exercise my right to enter the portal. Student athletes have not always had that opportunit­y, and I made that choice.”

Addison entered the transfer portal before the May 1 deadline. He visited Texas and USC and strongly considered Alabama before choosing the Trojans. Addison reportedly has a close relationsh­ip with new USC quarterbac­k Caleb Williams, a fellow Washington D.c.-area native who transferre­d from Oklahoma earlier in the offseason.

Addison made 100 receptions for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns in the 2021 season, his second with the Panthers. With Pitt quarterbac­k Kenny Pickett off to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Addison’s decision to find a new home was among those that called attention to the current state of the transfer process and what role name, image and licensing considerat­ions have in players’ decisions to change schools.

Addison expressed gratitude toward Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi and his former teammates on social media.

“Winning an ACC championsh­ip is ours forever,” Addison said. “Those true friendship­s will last. A part of me will always be H2P (Hail to Pitt). I have now carefully considered the advice of my family and close friends and fully weighed both the risks and benefits associated with my decision. I also respect that others may make a different choice. But for me, I will continue my full developmen­t as a student athlete by enrolling at USC.”

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