Pitt didn’t even put Marcus Mascoll on notice until just over a week ago, with linebackers coach Ryan Manalac following him on Twitter, and when Pitt officially offered, he didn’t believe it.
“It was a shocker at first,” Mascoll told PSN. “My coach told me, and I kind of just stopped in my tracks, like, ‘You gotta be lying to me, man.’ I ain’t believe it at first. It’s an unbelievable feeling that a Power Five offer is your first ever offer.”
After Manalac followed Mascoll on Twitter so recently, he didn’t expect an offer so quickly, but, man, is he happy that Pitt offered — it’s Mascoll’s first after all.
Blessed to receive an offer from Pittsburg university💛💙@Coach_Manalac @ChadSimmons_ @JeremyO_Johnson @Mansell247 @CometsSGHS @BCWright52 @CoachDeMeio1 @CoachBryanLamar @doster_td pic.twitter.com/BnKR55lDJA
— Marcus Mascoll (@MarcusMascoll1) May 9, 2022
Mascoll, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman from South Gwinnett High School in Snellville, Georgia, picked up his first college offer from Pitt. And the 2024 offensive tackle, who has played tackle and guard for South Gwinnett, has only just started to build a bond with Pitt.
On the same day that Pitt offered Mascoll, he was able to speak with offensive line coach Dave Borbely for the first time — during second period weight training — and it was just an all-around surprise.
Mascoll wasn’t expecting a Pitt offer, not after just beginning to build a bond and not really speaking all that much over the past week, but it could be the beginning of a strong relationship.
“We were just walking to class together when he told me, I was listening to some music, and he told me, ‘Pitt offered you,'” Mascoll said. “I was like, ‘What?’ Because one of my teammates had told me that one of the coaches, I think it was coach Manalac, he told me to stay after, but I was already gone, so I guess he told coach and coach told me.”
Mascoll feels a mild sense of loyalty to the first team extending an offer, especially a Power Five offer, looking at Pitt as a team who took that initial chance, so there’s a bit of loyalty there. But there’s a long way to go in Mascoll’s recruiting process, and he’s hoping to get his name out there through the camp process this summer.
But there actually is an ACC connection. Mascoll’s brother Justin is a senior defensive end at Clemson. And of course, he watched the Pitt-Clemson game (a Pitt win, of course) in 2021. And while the pair won’t ever meet on the field, he said there would be a lot of trash talk between both sides.
However, while Mascoll’s brother plays at Clemson, he’s carving his own path. And Pitt is definitely a path he’s looking at this summer. “I hope I get to go on a visit to Pitt,” Mascoll said, “that’s one thing I’m looking forward to.”
While there isn’t a visit scheduled yet, he’s planning. And of course, Mascoll plans to frequent quite a few camps this summer to get his name out there. With a visit to UCF this spring, and increased interest from college coaches — including Alabama — over social media, his recruiting process is only beginning.
While neither 247Sports nor Rivals has rated Mascoll yet, as a rising junior, he still has plenty of room to grow into a top offensive lineman from Georgia. And he said his physicality is what will set him apart from other recruits in the long run.
“I offer physicality,” Mascoll said. “I play with an edge, so if I line up in front of you, just know I’m coming.”