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Ex-Cincinnati RB transferring to Pitt

Jameel Poteat

Pittsburgh may have lost a defensive player to transfer earlier in the week, but the Panthers have gained one on the other side of the ball as well.

Jameel Poteat confirmed to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he has decided to join the Pitt football program after transferring in from Stony Brook.  Poteat, the nephew of former Pitt standout and current Panther assistant Hank Poteat, committed to Pitt in 2010 but opted to sign with Cincinnati after Dave Wannstedt was fired.

In retrospect, the player regrets his change of heart.

“I wish I would have stayed [with Pitt] three years ago,” Poteat, who will be a walk-on, said. “But everything happens for a reason. …

“I felt like [this] was the offense I need to be in. I need to go back. I really thank the coaches for bringing me in.”

Coming out of high school in Harrisburg, Penn., Poteat was a four-star member of the Bearcats’ 2011 recruiting and was rated as the No. 15 running back in the country. At UC, Poteat ran for 227 yards before transferring to Stony Brook.

After sitting out the 2014 season — barring a successful appeal for a medical hardship waiver — Poteat will have one year of eligibility remaining.

(Photo credit: Cincinnati athletics)

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