After a season of inconsistent offensive line play, the Pitt Panthers have added some experience to their 2021 roster.
Former Maryland 4-star offensive tackle Marcus Minor has announced that he’s transferring to Pitt. Minor (6’5″, 290), who’s from DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that his relationship with a couple members of Pitt’s staff was a big factor in his decision.
“I’ve already had a relationship with Coach Borbs, Coach Beatty and Coach Narduzzi, who recruited me heavily coming out of high school,” said Minor. “Having known those coaches were big because they are resources that I know and can trust. I truly believe the coaches at Pitt are going to help me ultimately reach the goals that I want to reach. Also, I know they have a great masters program that I will be a part of also helped. Ultimately, the conversations my family and I had with Coach Narduzzi made the decision easy and needed to happen. I didn’t feel like I needed to talk to anymore schools that were reaching out.”
Coming out of DeMatha Catholic, Minor held offers from Auburn, Florida, Miami, Michigan State, NC State, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia before committing to Maryland. Minor was the No. 5 overall prospect in Maryland, rated as one of the Top 20 lineman in the country and rated as a Top 200 overall recruit. Both Beatty and Borbely were on the staff at Maryland when Minor signed there.
As far as his immediate future with Pitt, Minor will have two seasons of athletic eligibility remaining and although he’s played both while at Maryland, Minor is told that he’ll start off at guard with the Panthers. Minor started 10 games at right tackle two seasons ago before moving to guard, where he started six games this season before suffering an injury.
“They see me as a guard for them with the ability also to snap if need be but right now I’m being looked at as a guard,” said Minor.
This is the second consecutive season that Pitt has gotten a transfer from Maryland as they added wide receiver D.J. Turner last year.