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Indiana WR transferring to Pitt

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24 hours after Signing Day, Pitt is poised to add even more to its receiving corps.

Pitt announced on Thursday that Indiana receiver Taysir Mack is joining the Panthers as a transfer. He will be enrolled to participate in spring camp before sitting out the 2018 season due to transfer eligibility rules. Mack will then have two years of eligibility remaining (the 2019 and 2020 seasons).

Mack, 6’2” and 200 pounds, signed with Indiana two years ago, when current Pitt offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and offensive quality control coach James Patton were on staff with the Hoosiers.

Mack was a three-star recruit in the class of 2016, ranking as the No. 3 prospect in the state of New York. He committed to Rutgers as a nearby prospect at Grand Street in Brooklyn, but on Signing Day 2016 he flipped to Indiana.

As a senior in high school, he had 66 receptions for 1,210 yards and 16 touchdowns.

In the fall of 2016, Mack redshirted, but he ended this past season with a bang, catching seven passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in a season-ending loss to Purdue. He also topped the 100-yard mark when he had seven catches for 111 yards and two scores against Charleston Southern.

On the year, he had 23 receptions for 310 yards and three touchdowns while playing in all 12 games and starting eight. His reception total would have tied for fourth on Pitt’s roster this past season; his yardage would have been the third-most on the team and his three touchdowns would have been second only to Jester Weah, who caught four touchdown passes.

With Mack’s decision to transfer, Pitt has now added three receivers this offseason, as he joins 2018 recruits Cameron O’Neil and Shocky Jacques-Louis. This makes the tenth consecutive year that the Panthers have brought in at least three new receivers in an offseason.