Pitt lands a transfer tight end for the 2019 season
Pat Narduzzi received news Tuesday morning that he hopes will solidify a position of weakness on his 2019 Pitt football roster.
After he graduates from Rutgers this spring, tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart said he intends to transfer to Pitt and spend his final season of eligibility with the Panthers. Griffin-Stewart made the announcement on his Twitter page.
— Big Nak (@NakiaGriffin) February 26, 2019
Pitt’s coach is hoping to bolster the tight end position after losing Chris Clark, Tyler Sear and Charles Reeves Jr. over the past year.
Griffin-Stewart, 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, caught 13 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown and played special teams over the past two seasons for a Rutgers team that struggled to develop consistency at quarterback.
He was named Academic All-Big Ten after the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Griffin-Stewart’s modest receiving numbers are better than the total (10/69/0) Pitt received last season from tight ends Will Gragg, Jim Medure and Sear. Gragg, a transfer from Arkansas, and Medure, a former walkon, are rising seniors. Sear left the team last year in mid-season.
Tight ends Carson Van Lynn and Grant Carrigan (Pine-Richland) were listed one-two on the depth chart for the Sun Bowl, but both players eventually could move to the offensive line.
Griffin-Stewart is the second tight end to transfer from Rutgers to Pitt under Narduzzi’s watch. Matt Flanagan played the 2017 season at Pitt.
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Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jerry by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .