Pitt has received commitments from two offensive lineman for their Class of 2021 and appear to be in line to add at least one more this weekend, but that doesn’t mean they’re done recruiting that position.
Thursday night, Dave Borbely extended an offer to Class of 2021 three-star offensive tackle Kimo Makaneole (6-foot-4, 278 pounds) from Niceville High School in Niceville, Florida. Makaneole adds that to his other offers from programs such as Arizona State, Boston College, BYU, Duke, Kansas and South Florida.
Makaneole told Pittsburgh Sports Now that the call Thursday night from Borbely was his first communication with a member of the Pitt staff but nonetheless, he was very excited about the news.
“Coach Borbely followed me on Twitter and then messaged me so quickly,” Makaneole told PSN. “In fact, as soon as I followed him back, he messaged me right away. It was crazy how quick it was. He gave me his number and I called him and after talking for a bit, he said that he really liked my tape. Coach said he loved watching me play, how athletic I am on the field and the way I put people to the ground. He talked about the way I run block, the way I protected my quarterback, how aggressive I am and how quick my feet are.”
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“He then told me that Pitt wants to offer me. When that happened, my mind just blew and I was so, so happy. I started jumping up and down in my room because I feel so blessed to receive an offer from the University of Pittsburgh because they’re such a good school with a really good football program.”
Like many other players, Makaneole admits that his recruitment is on hold because of COVID-19 but has been able to stay in touch with some programs as well as getting to watch some virtual tours of certain schools. Kansas, Troy, South Alabama, Boston College and Arizona State are the schools that have been in contact the most.
Pitt just officially entered the picture last night but Makaneloe told PSN that they plan on staying in frequent contact and informed him of how many lineman they plan on adding this recruiting class.
“Coach told me that they will be taking five offensive lineman for my 2021 class,” said Makaneloe. “Coach Borbely said he planned on doing a virtual visit of Pitt with me, will also be sending me education information about Pitt as well as some information about their weight lifting program. After getting the offer, I went on line to try and learn some things about Pitt including their strength training program and some academic things.”