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Pitt lands Hampton graduate transfer Keldrick Wilson

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The former Big South offensive lineman started 11 games in 2019

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The Pitt football program added a graduate transfer on Saturday night, as Hampton offensive lineman Keldrick Wilson announced that he would be finishing his collegiate career at the University of Pittsburgh. The 6’5”, 299-pound tackle chose Pitt from a final four that also included Indiana, USC and West Virginia.

Wilson saw his first action at Hampton as a redshirt freshman in 2017, as he played in 10 games and started two. That season, the Pirates offense averaged 321.5 yards per game, 148.5 of which came on rushes. Wilson saw no action the following season but returned to the field in 2019 to start 11 games for a Hampton team that went 5-7 and averaged 407.3 yards per game, including 172.3 rushing yards per game.

One of the key factors in Wilson’s decision to come to Pitt was the coaching staff, as he told Chris Peak of Panther-Lair.com that he was impressed with Pat Narduzzi and Panthers offensive line coach Dave Borbely, who offered him a scholarship back in March. Wilson also mentioned that the team’s proximity to the Pittsburgh Steelers was important to him.

With his transfer to Pitt, Wilson becomes the fourth lineman to join the program as a graduate transfer in the last four years. Before Wilson, the most recent was Michigan graduate transfer Nolan Ulizio in 2019. Ulizio was preceded by Kent State graduate transfer Stefano Millin in 2018, and before Millin came Brandon Hodges from Texas in 2017.

At Pitt, Wilson will have to compete for a starting role, as the team returns six offensive linemen who have previously logged starts. The most notable is Carter Warren, who played at left tackle last season. However, Grant Carrigan, Liam Dick, Matt Goncalves, Gabe Houy and Carson Van Lynn will all be vying for playing time too. Wilson will have one year of eligibility remaining upon his arrival.