Despite being from Maryland and attending Pitt, Jordan Addison and Penn State haven’t really crossed paths.
Addison has relationships at other schools that make more sense.
Let’s start with Texas.
Texas poached Pitt’s fantastic wide receivers coach Brennan Marion earlier this off-season. Marion was a huge factor in Addison’s break-out season in 2021, so it’s no surprise to see the Longhorns as one of the favorites here.
Then there’s USC and their new quarterback Caleb Williams. Williams is from the Washington D.C. area, while Addison is from a little up in the road in Fredrick, MD. Being from the same region, and both being talented players, the two have interacted at camps while they were in high school and became familiar with each other.
It’s not a shocker that Williams would try to recruit the Biletnikoff winner to play with him, especially when it’s someone he knows.
As for Alabama, there’s no obvious relationship there, but it’s Alabama.
The Crimson Tide win a lot and they produce a lot, especially at wide receiver.
Since 2015, seven Alabama wide receivers have been drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. No one is going to blame Addison for going there if his goal is to get drafted as high as possible.
Penn State has had success with wide receivers, but not close to the level that Alabama has.