Pittsburgh Panthers star WR Jordan Addison joins the USC Trojans

The most prolific player to enter the NCAA transfer portal this offseason has found a target.

Former Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison is set to join USC to play this fall, hey announced on social media Thursday.

Addison officially visited USC this past weekend and will reunite with star second-year quarterback Caleb Williams as both hail from the Washington, DC area. Addison’s decision to join USC gives coach Lincoln Riley the top two offseason signings, as Addison and Williams were arguably the most desirable players to enter the portal.

In his statement posted to social media, Addison described the decision as “very difficult” and said he was always grateful to the University of Pittsburgh.

“Winning an ACC championship is ours forever. These true friendships will last. A part of me will always be H2P,” he wrote.

“I have now carefully considered the advice of my family and close friends and have fully weighed both the risks and benefits associated with my decision. I also respect that others may make different choices. But for me, I will flourish as a full student athlete through enrollment at USC.”

Addison was named a first-team All-American in Pittsburgh last season and won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s most outstanding receiver. He entered the NCAA transfer portal on May 3 and visited USC and Texas. He considered staying in Pitt and also considered Alabama and Oregon, but attended neither school.

Addison’s move to the West comes as a blow to Pittsburgh as the defending ACC champions lost their best returnee after leading 11-3 last season. USC went 4-8 and rebuilt its roster so heavily in Riley’s freshman year that a majority of the starters next season are expected to come from the NCAA transfer portal.

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi had several controversial phone calls with Riley shortly after Addison entered the portal, sources told ESPN earlier this month. However, no known evidence of tampering has surfaced.

Addison’s transfer was seen as a beacon of change in an off-season. The idea of ​​an established underclassman jump program had not existed in college football until recently. Thanks to a number of rule changes – most notably the one-off transfer rules – fluid player movement has become part of the sporting landscape.

Although Williams’ transfer was viewed as a collision of a one-off transfer and rules on names, images and likeness, it was viewed through a different prism since his Oklahoma college coach, Riley, went to USC and Williams followed him. Addison’s move to USC reinforced the reality that all rosters are fluid and the sport’s biggest stars can jump from program to program with relative ease.

Sources made it clear to ESPN throughout the process that Addison’s professional future would guide his decision-making.

The addition of Addison gives USC one of the best wide receiver duos in the country as he will join Oklahoma transfer Mario Williams there. Addison caught 100 passes for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns last season. He’s expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick in 2023, but at 6 feet tall and weighing 175 pounds, he’s unlikely to crack the top 10.

Mario Williams, who received ESPN True Freshman All-American honors last year, caught 35 balls for 380 yards and four touchdowns. Brenden Rice, the son of NFL legend Jerry Rice, also made the move from Colorado, where he averaged 14.2 yards per catch last season.

Addison’s transfer further fuels the optimism behind Riley’s hiring at USC as the lure of the prolific crime he built and called in Oklahoma has shifted to Los Angeles. Although USC’s offensive line has issues and its defense was one of the worst in last season’s conference, there are key players who have switched to rejuvenate the Trojans on the offensive side of the ball.

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