Pitt wide receiver Will Gipson announced his intention to enter the transfer portal on Tuesday. The former Aliquippa standout joined the team in 2019 but redshirted as a freshman and did not take the field in 2020.
4 years of eligibility left!! Respect my decision. pic.twitter.com/mCj6rfexdd— Will Gipson (@TrxllWill3) May 11, 2021
“Firstly, I would like to thank the University of Pittsburgh as a whole for the great opportunity to learn and compete at their school,” Gipson said in a message posted on Twitter. “I would also like to thank [Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi] and his staff for a once in a lifetime experience. But I will be entering the transfer portal with four years of eligibility left.”
The 6’3”, 175-pound wide receiver was a star at WPIAL powerhouse Aliquippa, and as a senior, he amassed 1,658 yards and 22 touchdowns on 64 receptions and led the Quips to a 14-1 record and a state title. But despite his achievements, Gipson was only given a low-three-star rating and drew Power Five offers from only Pitt and Rutgers. But he also drew offers from lower-tier programs like Ball State, Howard, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo.
Gipson was part of a growing contingent of local standouts on the Pitt roster that also included former Aliquippa teammates M.J. Devonshire and Eli Kosanovich as well as Elliot Donald, Dorien Ford, Dayon Hayes, Jake Kradel and Nahki Johnson. But with Jordan Addison and D.J. Turner dominating the wideout position in 2020 and upperclassmen Shocky Jacques-Louis, Taysir Mack and Melquise Stovall vying for key roles in 2021, it seemed there was little room for Gipson at Pitt.
At this point, it is unclear where Gipson might land. Having yet to prove himself at the Power Five level, he may receive more interest from Group of Five programs than others. But if he goes to a program with a solid quarterback and playing time available at receiver, he has the potential to make an instant impact.