Former Pitt offensive lineman Liam Dick entered the transfer portal on Monday, and it did not take him long to come to a decision regarding his next destination, as he announced his commitment to Texas State on Thursday.
Dick’s departure from Pitt leaves the program with 16 offensive linemen on its roster, and the addition of the 6’7”, 320-pound tackle means Texas State will have 16 linemen on its roster in 2021. So the move will not thin the pool of talent Dick has to compete with all that much. However, Dick should have a better shot at a significant role in San Marcos.
At the time of his commitment to Pitt on Dec. 19, 2018, Dick was the No. 1 recruit in Ontario and the No. 18 tackle in the 2019 class. The Canadian also held a three-star rating from 247Sports and chose Pitt over 10 other teams, including Louisville and North Carolina.
Given those distinctions, it seemed possible Dick could compete for a starting role at Pitt at some point, but he never moved up the depth chart and never saw the field. However, the move to Texas State should change that, as Dick will be one of the two largest offensive linemen on the Bobcats roster.
In San Marcos, Dick will join a Texas State program that has struggled mightily since moving up to the FBS level in 2012. Last season, the Bobcats went 2-10, and such results have become standard for a team that last won more than three games in 2014.
Dick was the fifth Pitt player to enter the transfer portal in 2021. In addition to Dick, Carson Van Lynn, Logan Clouse, Will Gipson and Malik Newton all announced plans to leave the team. Van Lynn would stay in the ACC and end up at Duke, and Newton committed to West Virginia State. However, Clouse and Gipson have not revealed their future plans.