Pitt’s had pretty good transfer luck this past off season. That came to an end today as news came out that redshirt freshman running back Mychale Salhuddin had entered the transfer portal.
Salahuddin was a very highly regarded recruit as a composite 4* and rated the #5 back in the 2018 class by 247. He played well in the very limited action he saw last year, but had offseason knee surgery. The impression has been that while he’s been participating in practice, he’s been a bit rusty and seemed to still be recovering from his surgery.
However, it seems he’s not happy. Pat Narduzzi confirmed the news this afternoon as well.
Running back Mychale Salahuddin and Pitt have decided to “mutually” part ways, Pat Narduzzi announces.— John McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) August 29, 2019
Salahuddin, a former 4-star recruit, was the #5 running back in the 2018 class.
This is certainly disappointing, but not completely unexpected. Salahuddin was behind upperclassmen A.J. Davis and Todd Sibley, with true freshman Vincent Davis drawing a lot of praise during training camp. As mentioned, Salahuddin has been injured so I would have given it some time to see how he does after getting fully recovered, but I’m not in his shoes.
Pitt’s recruited very well at running back, so hopefully this does not turn out to be much of a loss.