Former Pitt LB Finds New Home

The Pitt Panthers saw a former starting linebacker transfer to a new school.
Sep 9, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Aaron Turner (9)
Sep 9, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats wide receiver Aaron Turner (9) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH -- Pitt Panthers linebacker Solomon DeShields committed to Texas A&M on Monday, with Hayes Fawcett of On3 announcing it on Twitter.

DeShields took a visit to College Station, Texas this past weekend to see the facility, watch their spring game, talk to coaches and much more. Pete Nakos of On3 had intel that DeShields would commit to Texas A&M soon after.

The short time from visit to commitment might come as a shock to some people, but not too unsurprising for how fast the transfer portal moves following the end of spring practices. Pitt defensive end Dayon Hayes put his name in the portal last week and after a visit this weekend to Colorado, he committed on Sunday.

He also received interest from ACC schools in Syracuse and Virginia and Big 12 schools in Colorado in Iowa State, according to Pittsburgh Sports Now. 

DeShields was the fourth player to enter the transfer portal from the Panthers following the end of spring practice and the second defensive starter, along with Hayes. Quarterback Christian Veilleux and walk-on offensive lineman George French II entered the transfer portal as well.

He played in 41 games over the past four seasons for Pitt, including 37 over the past three, missing just two games in 2021. He mostly played as a reserve linebacker and on special teams in 2021 and 2022, but started 11 games last season at Star linebacker, missing just one start after he suffered an injury on the kickoff against Wake Forest.

DeShields finished with 58 tackles, 27 solo, both third best on the team, and had career-highs with eight tackles against rival West Virginia and Virginia Tech. He also had eight tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass defended in 2023.

He is also the third Pitt linebacker to transfer this offseason and second starter from last season, as Bangally Kamara, who started 10 games at Money, went to South Carolina. Aydin Henningham transferred down to Alabama State in Division II as well.

Other scholarship linebackers that are on the roster, along with Louis, include sixth years in Brandon George and Keye Thompson, who transferred in from Ohio, redshirt junior Nick Lapi, sophomores in Braylan Lovelace, Jordan Bass and Rasheem Biles and incoming freshmen in Cameron Lindsey, Jeremiah Marcelin, Davin Brewton.

Redshirt sophomore Kyle Louis served as backup at Star linebacker last season, so expect him to see increased playing time. 

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