PITTSBURGH (BVM) – About a year ago, Kedon Slovis found himself in the transfer portal after deciding to leave USC. He committed to Pitt where he was poised to take over the reins from first-round NFL draft pick Kenny Pickett.
However, after a tough year with the Panthers, Slovis finds himself in the same situation in 2022, as he recently announced he was entering the transfer portal to find a new college home. Meanwhile, Pitt has already moved on to replace him, bringing in Boston College transfer Phil Jurkovec.
Once upon a time, Slovis looked like he might be destined for greatness. Although he was just a three-star recruit out of Desert Mountain High School in Arizona, he proved early on in his college career just how much potential he has.
After USC quarterback JT Daniels suffered a season-ending knee injury in USC’s season opener in 2019, Slovis was thrust into action. He responded by completing 28-of-33 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns the following week in his first career start versus Stanford.
Game 1 was a success.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 12, 2019
Slovis would throw for 400 yards or more four times that season, highlighted by a 515-yard effort in a win over UCLA. The 2019 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year looked just as good as a sophomore in 2020 despite USC being limited to just six games in a Covid-shortened season, throwing five touchdown passes twice in games against Washington State and UCLA.
However, things went downhill in 2021, as Slovis just didn’t look the same, throwing just 11 touchdowns to eight interceptions, and for just 2,153 yards. Banged up at the end of the year and watching the Trojans go through a regime change with the hiring of Lincoln Riley, Slovis decided to get a fresh start.
After entering the transfer portal, he eventually found his next stop at Pitt. Yet, his lone season with the Panthers saw some of the same struggles he showed in 2021. On the year, Slovis threw for 2,397 yards, but completed just 58% of his passes with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions for the 8-4 Panthers.
— Pitt Football (@Pitt_FB) November 12, 2022
It was a season of ups and downs for the Arizona native who now finds himself in the transfer portal once again. While the results the past couple of seasons haven’t lived up to the expectations set early in his college career, Slovis has still proven he has plenty of upside. If he can find the right system and fit like he had early in his career at USC, Slovis could certainly regain his stardom. Here are a few schools that Slovis could choose to transfer to for 2023.
Slovis was rumored to have interest in Nebraska during his last go around in the portal, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him end up there now. Scott Frost is long gone and Matt Rhule is in, but playing for a proven college coach that has NFL experience could be all the more enticing. Nebraska does already have former Texas transfer Casey Thompson on the roster, but the new regime could look to replace him with a guy like Slovis, or open up a quarterback battle in camp at the very least. The Huskers figure to have an improved offense with Rhule at the helm, and Slovis could help lead the charge of the program’s turnaround.
Arizona State is another program that will have a new head coach on the sidelines in 2023 in the form of Kenny Dillingham. The Sun Devils had a rough 2022 season in which they went 3-9, firing former coach Herm Edwards midseason. Juniors Emory Jones and Trenton Bourguet both got opportunities to play throughout the year, and both did flash moments of potential. However, bringing Slovis in could provide some stability at the quarterback position for ASU as they also look to turn things around. Joining the Sun Devils would not only bring Slovis back to the Pac-12, but also back close to home.
Cal is another team Slovis was rumored to have interest in last offseason, but they ended up bringing in Purdue transfer Jack Plummer, who had a decent season, but only led the Bears to a 4-8 record. Cal could be looking to upgrade through the portal again this season, and it seems like Justin Wilcox could have interest should Slovis want to join the program. A move to the Golden Bears would again bring Slovis back into the Pac-12, and with some relatively young pieces on offense overall, the well-traveled quarterback could be a nice veteran presence on the field in Berkeley.
A move to the SEC would be an interesting one for Slovis, but also one that could potentially get him back to the form of his early college career. Florida went just 6-6 this past regular season, but the Gators were led by a star quarterback in Anthony Richardson, who will be leaving Gainesville for the NFL. Richardson thrived in head coach Billy Napier’s offense to have a breakout season, and Slovis has the potential to do the same. If Florida doesn’t land one of the other top transfers available such as Spencer Sanders or Slovis’ former USC teammate in Daniels, the former Pitt quarterback could be the guy to take over for the Gators.
Wisconsin is yet another program that will have a new coaching regime in 2023 following the hire of Luke Fickell. Three-year starter Graham Mertz has already entered his name into the transfer portal, meaning Wisconsin could go into next season with the inexperienced Myles Burkett, or they could look to bring in a transfer to give Burkett another year to learn. Slovis feels like he would be a decent fit in new offensive coordinator Phil Longo’s system, who just oversaw a tremendous freshman season from Drake Maye at North Carolina. The opportunity to play for Fickell, who also recently helped develop an NFL quarterback in Desmond Ridder, may be enticing as Slovis looks to get things back on track.