Ja’Kavion Nonar became the third official commitment of the day for the Panthers and the 10th member of Pitt’s Class of 2022 when he announced his commitment on Sunday afternoon.
Nonar is a 6-foot-7, 275-pound offensive tackle from Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida. Charlie Partridge and Dave Borbely were his chief recruiters, and he becomes the first offensive lineman in this year’s recruiting class.
While Nonar is a relatively new name for fans, he’s someone that the Pitt coaches have been recruiting since May. The Florida native is considered a diamond in the rough as he has been a standout at a number of recent Florida prospect camps. Along with Pitt, Nonar held offers from Maryland, Florida International and Delaware State.
“Pitt has been on me for a while now,” Nonar told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Coach Partridge and Coach Borbs have been keeping in contact with me every day and their contact with me has been very consistent. I’ve learned that those two guys are great people and they love their players. I loved how often they kept in contact with me and how real and honest they were with me the whole time.”
This was the Florida native’s first trip to Pittsburgh and while official visits can always be unpredictable, Nonar had a good feeling that playing for the Pitt Panthers was in his future.
“It was my mindset coming in that I could possibly commit to Pitt,” he said. “They are a top school and from everything that the coaches have been telling me about the program and everything that I needed to know about the offensive lineman. Once I saw what I had to see about the offensive linemen, and the true family environment around Pitt, I was impressed. I liked the city of Pittsburgh, too. Everyone seemed so welcoming and it felt like home.”
The decision was made on Saturday and Nonar told PSN something that sealed the deal for him becoming a Panther.
“I loved how I saw how the coaches treat the players like their own children,” said Nonar. “They truly care for them and there’s a real bond between players and coaches on the team. It’s out of this world. After I met the players, I knew that I was going to commit. They were very cool people and after that I knew where I was going.
“I told Coach today that I was committing and he couldn’t believe they got me. They wanted me and they got me.”