Pitt has extended an offer to an offensive lineman who was born to the play positions.
Mak Pounders — a 6-foot-6, 290-pound redshirt junior left tackle from Byhalia, Miss. — told the Portal Report that he picked up an offer from Pitt since entering the transfer portal earlier this week.
Auburn, Texas Tech, South Carolina and Pitt have extended offers since the big Mississippi native officially became available.
Memphis transfer OL Mak Pounders tells TPR that he has received offers from the following programs:
— The Portal Report (@ThePortalReport) December 8, 2023
Pounders initially committed to Memphis as a three-star recruit in the class of 2021, choosing the Tigers over Power Five offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, LSU, Missouri and UCF.
He redshirted in 2021 before working into the rotation as a second-year freshman in 2022, taking 200 snaps largely at left tackle, and he emerged as the starting left tackle in 2023. Pounders took 673 snaps in 2023, starting 10 games at left tackle, and according to PFF, he allowed 11 pressures, six hurries and one sack.
He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at his next location.
Ryan Baer and Branson Taylor, who have started the majority of games at tackles this season, are returning next season — as is Terrence Enos Jr., who picked up a spot start in 2023. And Jackson Brown, Tai Ray and Ryan Carretta are all a season more mature.
Pitt has Terrence Moore back as a rather successful center, and BJ Williams figures to have the lead on a guard spot in 2024. Jason Collier Jr. and Ryan Jacoby, if they chooses to return, are in the mix — as is Dorien Ford.