Pitt has a new commitment for the 2018 year, and it’s a player that could immediately help the Panthers.
Kent State offensive lineman Stefano Millin will transfer to Pitt and be immediately eligible under the graduate transfer rule. Millin, who was listed by the Golden Flashes at 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, is a Massillon, Ohio native. He started 12 games for Kent State in 2016, moving between center and right tackle and started all 12 games at left tackle for them in 2017.
The Panthers have a need for experience on the offensive line, especially at tackle, where 2017 starters Brandon Hodges (graduation), Jaryd Jones-Smith (graduation) and Brian O’Neill (NFL) have all departed.
Left guard Alex Officer also graduated, leaving Pitt with just two returning starters in right guard Alex Bookser and center Jimmy Morrissey. Bookser has some positional versatility, having played right tackle and center in the past, but Millin brings something Pitt didn’t have in an experienced left tackle.
Millin took an official visit to Pitt the weekend of Jan. 20 and visited with then-offensive line coach John Peterson. Peterson will not be returning to the program, but that didn’t apparently sway Millin, whose commitment was first reported by Panther-Lair.com
He will join a young group of tackles that includes junior college transfer Chase Brown, redshirt junior Tony Pilato, redshirt sophomores Brandon Ford and Justin Morgan and redshirt freshmen Jerry Drake and Carter Warren.
With the addition of Millin and defensive end Kaymar Mimes, the Panthers have two players committed for the signing period that will open next Wednesday, Feb. 7. With those two in the fold, the Panthers will be at 84 scholarships, one below the maximum of 85.