Poteat set to join Pitt as a walk-on

Written by Sam Werner on .

In a bit of unexpected good news, former four-star running back Jameel Poteat is set to join Pitt as a walk-on this summer, a source confirmed Monday.

Poteat verbally committed to Pitt before his senior year at Bishop McDevitt in 2010, but flipped to Cincinnati after Panthers coach Dave Wannstedt resigned. In two years with the Bearcats, he registered 57 carries for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He transferred to Stony Brook for the 2013 season, and rushed 46 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns in six games before an injury cut his season short.

In looking for his next stop, Poteat already had an established connection to Pitt, beyond just being a former commit. His cousin, Hank Poteat, is a defensive graduate assistant for the Panthers.

Because he isn't bound to Pitt, the school can't publicly comment on Poteat until he enrolls in summer classes, which begin May 12.

NCAA transfer rules dictate that Poteat will have to sit out the 2014 season before becoming eligible in 2015. He'll join a running back corps that year that includes James Conner, Rachid IbrahimChris James, Qadree Ollison and Dennis Briggs, as well as any running back recruits that join the Panthers in 2015.

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