Pitt lost a commitment from offensive lineman Ja’Kavion Nonar on Tuesday. The tackle out of Glades Central Community High School in Belle Glade, Florida, committed to Pitt on June 27 but decided to reopen his recruitment and explore other options amid interest from SEC programs Florida and Ole Miss.
“After a long talk with my peers and a lot of prayer, I’m announcing that I’ll be decommitting from the University of Pittsburgh,” Nonar said. “This does not mean that they’re canceled out, and I’d like to thank every coach at Pitt for the love they’ve shown. My recruitment is 100 percent open at this point. Let’s work.”
Nonar, a 6’7”, 285-pound prospect, earned an offer from Florida on Aug. 7 after a private workout with Gators offensive line coach John Hevesy. He then described Florida as “my biggest offer at the moment,” according to Gators Territory, but Nonar said at the time that his pledge to Pitt remained intact.
By that time, Pitt had already recruited two additional offensive linemen, with the first being Isaiah Montgomery, who committed on June 28, and the second being Ryan Baer, who committed on Aug. 5. Pitt would then add Ohio State transfer Ryan Jacoby just two days before Nonar’s announcement.
Baer is a four-star recruit, and Jacoby was a four-star prospect as well before he began his college career at Ohio State. Even Montgomery held a slightly higher three-star rating than Nonar, indicating that the tackle may have faced an uphill climb in attaining playing time had he honored his commitment to Pitt.
With that said, it appears Nonar is not short on options at this point, as Ole Miss reached out with an offer on Saturday, joining Florida in pursuing the lineman. And in addition to the two SEC programs, Nonar has offers from Alabama A&M, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Florida International, Maryland and Tulane.