USC Pickup Jordan Addison Says He Went With Gut In Transfer Decision

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All-American wide receiver Jordan Addison bolted Pitt for USC earlier this month, calling the decision to join the Trojans a no-brainer.

Especially after hearing the pitch made by new coach Lincoln Riley and his recruiting staff.

“A lot of people think like, you won a Biletnikoff, so how much can you get better?” Addison said via ESPN. “But they showed me that I got a lot of improvements to do within my game, how I need to get better and how to maximize my game.”

Addison won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best receiver. Yet he thinks he can still improve. The fact USC told him so paid off.

He finished last season with 100 catches for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns. He didn’t mention the departure of quarterback Kenny Pickett, drafted by the NFL’s Steelers. But it’s safe to assume Pickett’s departure played a role in Addison’s decision to transfer. Now, Addison will catch passes from USC QB Caleb Williams, not too shabby himself.

“You can’t get everybody to agree with me,” Addison said of transferring. “So I just had to figure out what I wanted to do and do it.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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  1. Basically the same reasoning that those in the non-sports world use when answering the siren’s song of an executive headhunter to leave one employment situation for another one. It happens 1,000s of time/day in every occupational category.
    Those critical of his decision based on some silly “loyal to dear ol’ alma mater” paradigm would not think twice about taking a perceived “better job opportunity” if offered.

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