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  06/24/22 - SirVocea DennisrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-1, 230 (DS#18 ILB) + More +

  SirVocea Dennis looked across the green turf of Gateway High School's field Tuesday afternoon, pleased to see young boys playing seven-on-seven with unbridled joy at the Nike Football Camp. Yet, Pitt's senior linebacker, a counselor at the camp, understands the game he plays on a much higher level has turned into a "wild" ride for players and coaches. Name, image and likeness opportunities and the NCAA transfer portal have changed the rules, altered rosters (including the one where he resides), affected recruiting and created temptations.

How wild did it get for Dennis this offseason? He said he deflected offers from two schools that tried to entice him to transfer. "I had a couple (contacts)," he said. "I wasn't worried about it. I'm here now, so..." Dennis declined to identify the schools, and for a good reason, he said. "That's an NCAA violation," he said of schools contacting him, even though his name never appeared in the portal. "I respectfully told them that what they were trying to do is illegal and it could, actually, ruin my eligibility. If they wanted to talk to me, I would have to have been in the portal already." - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


(DS#18 ILB) rJr/2024 ILB SirVocea DennisPittsburgh
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  06/22/22 - Calijah KanceyrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 275 (DS#14 DT) + More +

  Last season was Pittsburgh defensive lineman Calijah Kancey's first as a consistent starter and he delivered, earning first-team All-ACC honors and even a nod from the Associated Press' All-American third team. The defensive tackle led the Panthers with 13 tackles for loss and finished second in sacks with seven. If he can build on that disruption with another season of starting experience under his belt, he will certainly grab the attention of the NFL's shot-callers. - PittsburghPanthers.com

(DS#14 DT) rJr/2024 DT Calijah KanceyPittsburgh
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  06/20/22 - CBo FlemisterrSr/2023, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 201 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Over a four-hour span on Saturday morning into the afternoon, Pat Narduzzi fired off five tweets, each indicating a new verbal commitment in Pitt's 2023 recruiting class. And on Sunday, Pitt added another player to the fold: Notre Dame transfer running back C'Bo Flemister. Flemister will provide more immediate contributions as a summer signee. The Notre Dame running back will have two years of eligibility available with the Panthers.

Flemister tallied 10 touchdowns and 471 yards on 110 carries during his career with the Fighting Irish. The addition of Flemister brings another experienced ball-carrier to Pitt's running back room. Israel Abanikanda (651 yards), Vincent Davis (593) and Rodney Hammond (504) - the Panthers' three leading rushers from last season - will be back this fall. Pitt also has Daniel Carter, who was named the most improved offensive player of spring camp. - Pittsburgh Post Gazette


(DS#999 RB) rSr/2023 RB CBo FlemisterPittsburgh
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  06/17/22 - Deslin AlexandrerSr/2023, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 285 (DS#59 DE) + More +

  Inside Pitt's UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, a video screen displays the final score of Pitt's Sept. 18, 2021, game against Western Michigan, which the Panthers lost 44-41. The loss didn't cost the Panthers the ACC title, but it serves as a reminder of what happens when a team doesn't play its best. Pitt rallied from that loss to win its first ACC title, but the redshirt senior duo of defensive end Deslin Alexandre and offensive tackle Carter Warren don't want a repeat of last season's Western Michigan debacle.

"In the grand scheme of things, we won the ACC championship," Alexandre said. "But a game like Western Michigan, where we didn't dot our I's or cross our T's, is a game that shows up even after you win the ACC championship. We want to make sure something like that doesn't happen again." Alexandre said starting fast, even in summer workouts and the first day of fall practice, is key. The Panthers open the season by renewing the Backyard Brawl with West Virginia on Sept. 1 at Heinz Field. Alexandre and Warren stressed a strong work ethic their teammates must bring to workouts and fall practice if the team wants to defend its ACC title. And that work ethic starts with them. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


(DS#59 DE) rSr/2023 DE Deslin AlexandrePittsburgh
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  05/25/22 - Dylan DeveneyrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 265 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  One week after landing one tight end for its 2022 recruiting class, the Pitt football program picked up another. Georgia Tech transfer Dylan Deveney committed Tuesday to the Panthers, an intra-ACC Coastal division move he announced on social media. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Deveney played three seasons for the Yellow Jackets, amassing 14 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in that time. Much of that production came in his first two seasons, when he made a combined eight starts.

Last season, he was limited to just three games after undergoing season-ending surgery in October, and last month, he opted to enter the transfer portal. Due to the timing of his injury in 2021, Deveney will be able to use a redshirt for that season, giving him three seasons of eligibility with Pitt. He's the seventh transfer to join the Panthers this offseason. A three-star recruit coming out of high school in Medford, N.J., in 2019, Deveney committed to Georgia Tech over offers from a handful of other Power Five programs, including Pitt. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


(DS#999 TE) rJr/2024 TE Dylan DeveneyPittsburgh
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  05/24/22 - Calijah KanceyrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 275 (DS#14 DT) + More +

  2022 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: CALIJAH KANCEY, DL, Pitt, Jr. 6-0, 275, Miami: 13 tackles for loss: All Conference selection; Aaron Donald (Pitt All-American) type player with physique and drive. - Lott IMPACT Trophy/The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation

(DS#14 DT) rJr/2024 DT Calijah KanceyPittsburgh
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  05/22/22 - Karter JohnsonrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-3, 238 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  When Karter Johnson left Pickerington Central High School for TCU in 2019, he was a 286-pound defensive tackle. One of the best in the nation, by the way. Rivals.com ranked him No. 21 at his position. In Ohio, he was the No. 12 overall prospect. But the former seventh-grade quarterback and high school tight end never lost his itch to play offense. He transferred from TCU to Butler (Kansas) Community College before the end of the 2019 season, eventually lost about 70 pounds and played tight end there during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. His collegiate journey took another turn Friday when he announced he was enrolling at Pitt - of course, to play tight end - after decommiting from Coastal Carolina. After losing tight ends Lucas Krull (NFL) and Kaymar Mimes (transfer portal), Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi was looking for some experienced depth to back up sophomore Gavin Bartholomew. Johnson (6-foot-2, 238 pounds) may be able to provide that after catching 22 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns at Butler CC. - Pittsburgh Tribune

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  Jordan Addison's speed and route running helped Pitt finish third in the nation in points per game (41.4) and helped lead the Panthers to their first 11-victory season in 40 years and a No. 13 finish in the final Associated Press poll. Narduzzi made use of the transfer portal earlier this offseason when he secured commitments from freshman All-American wide receiver Konata Mumpfield, formerly of Akron, and Bub Means, who previously played at Tennessee and Louisiana Tech. Mumpfield and Means will team with senior Jared Wayne, sophomore Jaden Bradley, junior Jaylon Barden and tight end Gavin Bartholomew as prime, experienced targets for quarterbacks Kedon Slovis and Nick Patti. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2025 WR Konata MumpfieldPittsburgh
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  05/21/22 - Kedon SlovisrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 205 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Conference realignment killed many of the most storied rivalries in college football, but West Virginia and Pitt are scheduled to meet eight times over the next 11 seasons, starting Sept. 1 at Heinz Field. To commemorate the occasion, the schools put their heads together to create the official Backyard Brawl logo, released Thursday - 105 days before the 105th edition of the football rivalry. The game will be the first between the schools since 2011 and will be the season opener for both teams.

The logo features different variations that can include both teams, a football-only version, a school-specific logo and an option that can highlight a game sponsor. Fans will be able to purchase special merchandise, beginning in August, featuring the new logo. Apparel also will be available in future years. Pitt leads the series 61-40-3, but West Virginia has won 16 of the past 26 games, including a 21-20 victory in the most recent renewal in Morgantown, W.Va. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


(DS#4 QB) rJr/2024 QB Kedon SlovisPittsburgh
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  05/06/22 - Kedon SlovisrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 205 (DS#4 QB) + More +

  Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi didn't mention the big news - Jordan Addison entering his name in the NCAA transfer portal - while speaking this week at the Peach Bowl Challenge, a charity golf event outside Atlanta. But when he was asked about Kedon Slovis, Narduzzi wasn't shy about discussing how his transfer quarterback found his way from USC to Pitt. "He's just a super kid," Narduzzi said on a video submitted to the news media by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

"He wasn't looking for a payday. He was looking for the right place to be, with a great culture. He's a guy who actually went into the (NCAA transfer) portal the real way, the right way. "He had a lot of opportunities with name, image and likeness, but I think he was looking for the right fit. He was looking for the right personnel. We had a lot returning on offense." Narduzzi pointed out during the interview that Pitt lost only two starters on offense from 2021 - Kenny Pickett and Lucas Krull - without mentioning Addison, the Biletnikoff winner and All-American wide receiver who put his name in the portal. - Pittsburgh Post Gazette


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  05/06/22 - Dylan DeveneyrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 265 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Georgia Tech third-year tight end Dylan Deveney spent the weekend at Rutgers with his parents and is the first player to officially visit this year. Deveney will officially visit Missouri and is talking to Maryland some but Rutgers is one of the favorites at this stage. A one-time Rutgers pledge who flipped to Georgia Tech in December of 2018, Deveney is a massive tight end with three years of eligibility, who Rutgers can develop if he returns home. Rutgers plays four tight ends, so he will have the space he needs to carve out a role in the offense. However, Deveney won't enroll anywhere until the summer, so his recruitment has some playing out to do. - Star Ledger

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  05/04/22 - Cal AdomitisrSr/2022, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 235 (DS#1 LS) + More +

  Former Pitt long snapper Cal Adomitis was recognized as college football's consensus best at his position, and the Cincinnati Bengals took notice, signing the Central Catholic graduate to a free-agent contract after the draft. Adomitis, who spent the past five seasons as Pitt's starting long snapper, was so serious about perfecting his craft that he practiced in windy, rainy weather. But he knows his journey is only beginning. "It's exciting," he said last month while preparing for the draft. "But at the same time, keeping it in perspective. This is the start of the journey. The most important part is making that 53-man roster next fall. That's just as much work as anything leading up to it." Invited to the NFL Combine, Adomitis ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds on a 6-foot-2, 235-pound frame. He also did 18 reps on the 225-pound bench press. Adomitis also left his mark off the field, helping raise $121,000 for cancer programs at Children's Hospital by allowing patients to cut off his beloved, flowing hair. - The Tribune-Review

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  04/26/22 - Bub MeansrSo/2025, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 204 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  Despite a full stable of talented wide receivers, Pat Narduzzi didn't believe Pitt had enough at that position. So, he dipped into the NCAA transfer portal and secured another - for now and future seasons. Jerrod "Bub" Means, who played at Louisiana Tech last season, announced on his Instagram page Saturday morning that he has committed to the Panthers. He has three years of eligibility remaining. Means, who had 25 scholarship offers coming from Lovejoy, Ga., in 2019, originally committed to North Carolina, but signed with Tennessee.

He also had interest from Georgia Tech, Virginia, Indiana, Northwestern, Missouri and Rutgers, among several others, according to Rivals.com. At Tennessee, he played sparingly as a defensive back before transferring to Louisiana Tech. He didn't play in 2020, but led the team in yards per reception (19.6) last season. He caught 22 passses for 430 yards and two touchdowns, and also returned 12 kickoffs for an average of 20.3 yards. - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


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  04/22/22 - Dylan DeveneyrJr/2024, Pittsburgh, 6-5, 265 (DS#999 TE) + More +

  Georgia Tech tight end Dylan Deveney, among the first players whom coach Geoff Collins recruited upon his hire in December 2018, entered the transfer portal. Deveney, who missed the latter portion of the 2021 season with an injury and then missed spring practice recovering from surgery, made the announcement Wednesday on his Twitter account. Deveney, from Medford, N.J., appeared in 23 games for the Yellow Jackets in three seasons and started eight games. He caught 14 passes for 102 yards with one touchdown.

Deveney was positioned to compete for playing time with transfer Luke Benson (Syracuse) and returnee Dylan Leonard. Collins made a priority of recruiting Deveney out of high school when the Jackets roster was bereft of tight ends. Deveney, who began playing football only as a high school senior and then played one postgraduate season at a prep school, was committed to Rutgers before deciding to sign with Tech. According to his announcement, Deveney will graduate this summer. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining. - Atlanta Journal Constitution


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  02/28/22 - Bub MeansrSo/2025, Pittsburgh, 6-2, 204 (DS#999 WR) + More +

  2021 CONFERENCE USA ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): WR Bub Means, Louisiana Tech,...Means was named to the Conference USA all-Freshman team after recording 22 catches for 420 yards and two touchdowns during the season. Means averaged a team-best 19.6 yards per reception, which included a 72-yarder for a TD in the season opener against Mississippi State. His 19.6 yards per reception ranked in the top 5 in the league and top 20 in the country. - Louisiana Tech Football

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