Jordan Addison transfer: Why USC still remains best option for star WR despite Alabama, Texas competition

It’s been nearly three weeks since reports first surfaced suggesting that Pittsburgh star receiver Jordan Addison might be looking to transfer, and that USC would be his likely destination. The time since Addison officially entered the transfer portal has served to muddy the waters a bit as Alabama and Texas are among those who have entered the picture in recruiting the Biletnikoff Award winner who caught 100 passes for the Panthers last season.

But with Addison’s decision reportedly expected in “the coming days,” one factor stands out above the rest in projecting where Addison will end up: his relationship with USC quarterback Caleb Williams. Of foremost importance in the quality of a wide receiver’s experience at any level of football is comfort with the person throwing them the football. In the case of Addison, there is little doubt that USC is in a better position than Alabama and Texas because of that dynamic.

While Texas boasts one of the highest-rated quarterback prospects of all-time in Quinn Ewers, and Addison trained some with Alabama quarterback Bryce Young recently out in California, according to The Athletic, there appears to be a unique depth to his relationship with Williams. Both are from the Washington D.C. area, and Williams has already gone on record predicting Addison will land with the Trojans.

Other factors at work

Beyond the quarterback-wide receiver relationship, a dynamic of similar significance for a player of Addison’s caliber in choosing a destination should be comfort with the coaching staff. Texas’ hiring of Brennan Marion, who served s Pitt’s receivers coach last season, may appear to be a leg up for the Longhorns in that regard.

But as Chip Brown of Horns247 noted Thursday, the receivers coach who…

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