Thirteen months ago, Pitt landed a pledge from Brandon Honorable, a promising offensive tackle out of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit. But on Wednesday, he signed a letter of intent with Western Michigan after backing off his commitment to Pitt earlier in the week.
The move was somewhat expected, as the 6’7”, 280-pound offensive tackle’s name was conspicuously missing during Pitt’s signing day festivities in December. However, what was unclear was where he might end up.
At the time of his commitment, Honorable held offers from a number of Power Five programs, including Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Syracuse and Tennessee. With that said, he also had extensive interest from the MAC, as eight of its 12 programs offered him, and he ultimately chose to stay in state and head to Kalamazoo.
Honorable is a consensus three-star recruit, and 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN are all in agreement that he is one of the top 75 offensive tackles in the 2021 class. In addition, 247Sports analyst Allen Trieu describes him as a projected Power Five starter with “super upside” who has “Sunday tools.”
Given Trieu’s description and Honorable’s tape, it seems Pitt missed out on a tackle with intriguing potential. However, the Pitt staff may get an opportunity to see what they missed out on twice in the next two years, as Pitt and Western Michigan begin a home-and-home series this fall. And with Honorable being Western Michigan’s top-rated offensive recruit, he may see the field as a freshman.