After a year at Pitt, former USC quarterback Kedon Slovis is heading to BYU … and the Big 12!
In one of the more underrated transfer portal moves happening during bowl season, former Pitt and USC quarterback Kedon Slovis is heading to Provo, as he will replace Jaren Hall as the BYU starting quarterback ahead of the Cougars’ big move into the Big 12.
As one former BYU quarterback’s NFL career is bursting into flames, Hall has decided to replenish the pool a bit by declaring for the 2023 NFL Draft. Although Hall will not be one of the first two quarterbacks taken next spring, he could be coming off the board in the first round. As for Slovis, he needs to reinvent himself after flailing at Pitt to get back to the level he was while with USC.
With the Cougars going Power Five, they made a wise move by bringing in Slovis to lead the way.
Here is the official tweet from Slovis about him leaving Pitt to go play for the Cougars next season.
Kedon Slovis is 2 Legit 2 Pitt any longer, transfers to Big 12-bound BYU Cougars
Slovis has one more year of eligibility left to use. He may not be able to get back to first-round draft status during his one year in Provo, but he can be the perfect bridge quarterback for them as the Cougars enter their new league. BYU has a rich and storied football program, one that won the 1984 national championship, the only team not from a power conference to ever pull this thing off.
However, the Cougars are about to level up by playing in one of the most competitive leagues in the country. Although the Big 12 is losing Oklahoma and Texas in the coming years, it is gaining Cincinnati, Houston and UCF out of The American, in addition to national independent BYU this spring. The ceiling for the new Big 12 may not be very high, but the floor has been raised for sure.
Ultimately, BYU is not joining the Big 12 just to join the Big 12. The Cougars could have stayed as a national independent for the foreseeable future and been just fine because of their national LDS fan base. One would think the Cougars will want to join the Big 12 and compete right away. They have talent all over the field, as well as one of the most underrated head coaches in Kalani Sitake.
If Slovis can come in and elevate the quarterback play, who knows how good BYU will be in 2023?