Quarterback Jeff George Jr., the son of former NFL quarterback Jeff George, has been bouncing around the Midwest for his college career, first committing to Illinois, his father’s alma mater, before landing at Michigan. However, with Shea Patterson expected to start for the Wolverines, George is transferring out of the program, and he’s reportedly planning on coming to Pitt.
On Friday night, Brandon Justice of The Wolverine Lounge broke the news of George’s transfer, which was confirmed by Dave Ablauf, Michigan’s associate athletic director. Aaron McMann of MLive also independently confirmed the news and noted that the 6’3”, 220-pound junior would arrive at his next school with two years of eligibility remaining and can play immediately.
Justice noted in his report that George believed he “has a better opportunity to crack the depth chart” at Pitt, although that may not be the case, with Kenny Pickett apparently entrenched as the team’s starter for the time being. Beyond that, George would also have former four-star recruit and Alabama commit Ricky Town standing between him and a starting role at quarterback.
On top of that, George would likely have to join the team as a walk-on, as Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi gave the team’s 85th and final scholarship to Kellen McAlone on Saturday.
George was considered a two-star recruit back in 2014 and was only offered by Illinois. During his time with the Fighting Illini, he threw for 1,743 yards and 11 touchdowns in 11 games but also gave up 15 interceptions. He never saw the field during his time with the Wolverines.