Pitt redshirt junior wide receiver Devin Street said Wednesday night on Twitter that he will make an announcement Thursday, also on Twitter.
Street wasn’t specific, but he has been exploring his potential status in the NFL Draft this year and weighing it against a return to Pitt next season when he has chance to:
Become a team leader, one of the top pass catchers in the ACC and an even higher draft choice in 2014. If he comes back to school, he will have the opportunity to get bigger, stronger and more attractive to the NFL.
If Street decides to leave school early, however, he will get drafted. He has the speed and size that the NFL desires, and he is playing for a smart, highly respected offensive-minded coach.
No one, not even quarterback Tino Sunseri, benefited more from the Paul Chryst coaching staff than Street. He looked like a different player this season — quick out of breaks, able to run away from most defensive backs, dependable with the ball in the air and a playmaker. He led the Big East in receptions (73) and was third in yards (975).
But there is only one reason for college stars to leave school early: He must be sure that he will be drafted in one of the top three rounds. Fourth round? Not high enough, in my opinion. (Of course, it’s not my decision to make.)
Another point (which Street should ignore):
Pitt would be in big trouble without him. Senior wide receivers Mike Shanahan and Cam Saddler will be gone, leaving tight ends Drew Carswell and J.P. Holtz (13 receptions each) as the Panthers’ leading returning pass catchers. The top returnee at wide receiver will be Ronald Jones (seven receptions, 66 yards).
Also (something Street may have a hard time ignoring), he will become the leading pass catcher in Pitt history with only 28 receptions. He will need 1,015 yards to pass Antonio Bryant for first place on the all-time receiving yardage list.
Bottom line: Pitt needs Street.
Does Street believe he needs Pitt? His answer Thursday afternoon will provide the answer.