Since wide receiver Jordan Addison entered the college football transfer portal, the conventional wisdom was that he would sign with USC. But now, another contender may have entered the race: defending SEC champion Alabama.
Addison was seen working out this week in California with Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young, according to a report from The Athletic.
Young is a native of southern California and returned home from Alabama after spring practice to do individual preparation for the 2022 football season.
Young won the Heisman Trophy with national champion runner-up Alabama last season after passing for 4,872 yards with 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Addison entered his name into the transfer portal on Tuesday after reports emerged that he was considering a move to USC and first-year head coach Lincoln Riley.
Since then, Alabama and Texas have entered the mix to sign the wide receiver, rated as the No. 1 player available in the transfer portal since his announcement.
Alabama has performed well in the transfer portal this offseason, signing blue-chip additions in wide receivers Jermaine Burton and Tyler Harrell, running back Jahmyr Gibbs, cornerback Eli Ricks, and offensive tackle Tyler Steen.
Addison is the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner as the most outstanding wide receiver in college football last season. Fast and agile, he led the nation with 17 touchdown receptions while catching 100 passes for 1,593 yards.
Pittsburgh won the ACC championship in large part to Addison's production, combined with the record-breaking play of Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Kenny Pickett.
Pickett entered the NFL Draft after the season, going in the first round to the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Pitt signed transfer quarterback Kedon Slovis from USC to replace him.
Time will tell if that move is enough to keep Addison around. Though he is exploring his options, reports say he could return to Pittsburgh this season.