In late March, it was reported that safety Ray Vinopal was transferring from Michigan to Pitt.
Almost a month later, it appears Vinopal will be joined by one of his former secondary teammates.
Cullen Christian, who revealed late last week that he was leaving Michigan, informed Scout.com that he will be transferring to Pittsburgh and, barring the unlikely successful appeal for a waiver, will play for the Panthers in 2012 after sitting out the upcoming season.
“I’m coming home and I am going to be a Pittsburgh Panther,” Christian, a native of the city, said. “Pittsburgh got my release and all that is left for me to do is to give them my transcripts and fill out paperwork. I’m leaving here on Tuesday after finals, so I might stop down this week, but I am supposed to go down May 9th and meet with the staff and do all the paperwork.”
Another significant reason why Christian chose Pitt was the presence of Tony Gibson on the Panthers’ coaching staff. Gibson was Christian’s position coach with the Wolverines, and the cornerback told the website that the coach “was the main reason why I chose Michigan.”
As a member of Michigan’s 2010 recruiting class, Christian was a four-star player and rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the country according to Rivals.com. Christian played in 11 games last season as a true freshman.
Christian could take a redshirt for 2011 if he’s not cleared to play immediately, and would have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2012.