Here is a great take on our 2018 prospects to fill out the Offensive Line two-deep. It is written by man about town and golf bon vivant Erie Express.
PANCAKE MIX by Erie Express
My days at Pitt (1981 to 1985) were bookended or “Marked” by some great offensive linemen, starting with OT Mark May in 1980 and ending with OG Mark Stepnoski (from Erie) in 1986. While I was at Pitt, we had numerous OL All-Americans such as Jimbo Covert in ‘81 & ‘82, Bill “Pancake” Fralic in ‘82, ’83 & ’84 and Randy Dixon in ’86.
The Offensive Line is a notoriously difficult position to evaluate and project, and there are sure to be plenty of wild cards this season. Nevertheless, below is my 2018 preseason, pre-Spring practice player rankings with the top 10 returning linemen, all grouped together regardless of position.
Alex Bookser 4* (all ranking services) 5th yr SR w/26 starts & a total of 37 games played.
Jimmy Morrissey WO 3rd year SO with 12 starts.
Mike Herndon 3* (all services) 5th year SR with 1 start and a total of 30 games played.
Connor Dintino 3* (all services) 5th year SR w/1 start @ FB w/a total of 35 games played.
Tony Pilato 3* (all services) 4th year JR with 12 games played.
Bryce Hargrove 3* (all services) 3rd year SO with 1 game played.
Brandon Ford 3* (all services) 3rd year SO with 1 game played.
Justin Morgan 3* (all services) 3rd year SO – DNP
Jerry Drake 4* ESPN (3* others) 2nd year FR – Red Shirt
Carter Warren 4* ESPN (3* others) 2nd year FR – Red Shirt
Now, I believe HC Narduzzi looked at this group and it was obvious Pitt needed more experience. Thus, he went the JUCO and grad transfer route –