Pat Narduzzi and the Pitt coaching staff landed a transfer from Maryland on Christmas Eve, as Terps right tackle Marcus Minor announced he would be continuing his collegiate career at Pitt on Thursday afternoon.
Blessed with an opportunity. #H2P #PITT2L1TT #Pittfootball pic.twitter.com/RsQLEaw3eF— Marcus Minor (@AyeeMarcus_) December 24, 2020
The 6’4”, 310-pound lineman played at Maryland for the last four seasons and was a consensus four-star recruit prior to his arrival in College Park in 2017. With the Terps, Minor played in 26 games and was regularly relied on as a starter from his sophomore season on. In 2020, he made three starts but was sidelined for his team’s final two games with an injury.
Adding Minor could greatly benefit a Pitt team that has seen poor play from its tackle positions over the last two seasons. Minor most recently served as the Terps’ starting right tackle but also played at right guard early in his college career. So he should bring experience and versatility to the table as he vies for a starting role with the Panthers.
Minor is the second Maryland player to transfer to Pitt in 2020, as D.J. Turner did the same before the start of the season. Like Turner, Minor is also a graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, and he should be greeted by a few familiar faces at Pitt, as former teammates John Morgan and Judson Tallandier are on the roster.
Given Pitt's struggles to effectively fill out its offensive line over the last few seasons as well as the losses of Jimmy Morrissey and Bryce Hargrove, there should be ample opportunity for Minor to secure a starting role for himself. Minor will join the team as a graduate transfer, meaning he will be eligible to play immediately, and he has two years of eligibility remaining.