Where Texas stands with Pittsburgh star WR after USC visit

No news is good news for the Texas Longhorns in their pursuit of Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison after the college football transfer portal’s top player available was at USC over the weekend. Addison’s decision is expected in “the coming days,” following visits to Texas, USC and a planned call with Alabama, according to Pete Thamel.

Horns247’s most recent recruiting summary, from the day Addison arrived at USC for his visit, indicated intelligence suggesting there was a two-program race for his services.

I spoke to a source this morning who said directly that he thought Texas had made a big push, but Addison would still end up in Hollywood with Caleb Williams and Lincoln Riley,” wrote Hudson Standish, analyst at Horns247 (VIP). I don’t think Texas could have done much more to convince Addison, and the Horns seemed to have an extremely coherent pitch that was very aggressive, which was good to see for future big recruits.

Addison has no timetable for his transfer decision. He entered the portal before the deadline this month with a 247Sports transfer rating of 97, making him the No. 5 overall transfer and the best transfer available in the 2022 cycle. USC was the first reported candidate to land Addison when it was revealed he was considering a transfer.

ESPN had previously reported Pittsburgh’s head coach Pat Narduzzi named Lincoln Riley from USC to express his displeasure with the situation, and Panthers officials reportedly suspected tampering with the end of the Trojans.

Beyond Addison, Sources told 247Sports Chris Hummer that Texas almost encountered a similar situation before repelling a six-figure offer from another program for freshman all-American wide receivers Xavier Worthy to enter the transfer portal. Worthy has not entered the portal and will be playing his second season for the Longhorns.

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As a Heisman finalist quarterback and first-round pick Kenny Pickett’s top target last fall, Addison clinched 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns and lit up the ACC defense with impressive speed, agility and a knack for opening up. He started 2020 as a true freshman in eight games as the ACC Rookie of the Year runner-up before setting the record for single-season receptions during a breakout season campaign.

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Addison also set a Pittsburgh record with 100 receptions in a single season. His touchdown and receiving yard totals from last season rank second all-time, behind only the legendary receiverLarry Fitzgerald. Addison is the most desirable transfer on the market. Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers made a recruitment spot for him earlier this week.

Sam Marsdale contributed to this report.

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