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June 4, 2014

We Got One

Filed under: Football,Recruiting — Chas @ 9:43 pm

Let’s  do this.

That’s right. A verbal. A real verbal for the football team.  It’s been a while. Yes, I’m sure there will be a slew of more to follow after the camp in a week or so. Who’s panicking? I’m not panicking! No! I’m not shouting! There’s just some other noise in the background that caused me to raise my voice! Geez!


Pitt offered Hallandale (FL) cornerback Malik Henderson last Wednesday. It took him less than a week to hop on the offer and commit to the Panthers.

“I wanted to be close by (secondary) coach (Troy) Douglas),” Henderson first told Wednesday afternoon. “He’s a great coach. The Pittsburgh Steelers are my favorite NFL team so I can be close by them, too. I believe coach (Paul) Chryst is bringing back the program there.”

Panthers assistant coach Inoke Breckterfield recruited the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder cornerback for Pitt. Douglas provided an assistant.

“I have a good relationship with those guys,” Henderson said. “When I found out coach Douglas was on the staff there it made me want to go there. He had a great defense when coached at South Florida. He’s made an impact everywhere he’s been.”

The nation’s No. 104 cornerback, a three-star recruit, runs a 4.51-second 40-yard dash and holds a 3.6 GPA.

He likes the Steelers and the whole shared facility thing was a positive for him.

Despite not visiting yet, Henderson likes a lot of what he has seen from Pitt so far.

“What caught my eye at first was when I saw that they share facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers; they were my favorite team as a kid,” he said. “Then I did further research and saw that the [defensive backs] coach was Coach Douglas, and he’s a heck of a coach. He knows what he’s doing and I know that if I get coached by him, I can be success. And I think I’ll have a chance to go in and play early. Plus they were one of the first to show interest, and that was a big factor for me.”

The next step for Henderson, 6’1″ 180, is to get on campus so he can see the school he committed to.

“They want me to come up to visit and I plan to go up June 20,” he said. “I’m excited to get up there for a visit. I know the town is full of great people who care about football and the players they get. And I’m looking forward to meeting the coaches and seeing how they are as coaches and seeing how they embrace me. And I want to see Heinz Field and the facilities and see how the school is.”

As for the starring of Henderosn. 247 has him as 3-stars. says 2. and do not have him rated at this time. At 6-1, he has the size that makes him very attractive as a cornerback. Corner is one of the few areas on defense where it doesn’t appear to be an immediate need, so Henderson will get a chance to be developed.

Just kind of relieved to get out of the recruiting doldrums at this point.

I can’t tell all you guys how much I want to be wrong about Chryst. Unfortunately, I’m not wrong often.

Say what, maybe three more years before we look for a new coach?

Comment by Old Pitt Grad 06.04.14 @ 10:01 pm

Welcome Mr. Henderson!

Comment by Caw Miller 06.05.14 @ 6:11 am

To Old Pitt Grad,

Hoping you are wrong about PC. I can’t take another
regime change. This season will tell us alot. He needs an
Time to rebuild the roster.

Comment by JR 06.05.14 @ 6:35 am

anyone thinking that we are getting any 4-stars in the near future is dreaming. Pitt usually gets its 4-stars early (when most of the blue chips commit) or after the season (Tyler Boyd, Alex Bookser, Adonis Jennings, etc)

Comment by wbb 06.05.14 @ 7:19 am

wbb, thank you for reminding me that Jennings is coming – I keep forgetting about him. It will be interesting to see if he has an impact this year.

Anybody know if Jordan Whitehead from Central Valley is still a possible recruit? Most of the rumors last fall were that Pitt was out of the running, wondering if that is still the case.

Comment by Iron Duke 06.05.14 @ 7:39 am

last I heard on Whitehead is that he is an OSU lean but PSU is recruting him hard. Pitt and WVU are alegedly still being considered but neither, at this time, are favorites. A further issue for Pitt may be that he was originally being recruited when he was a soph by Engram (so that cannot help, I owuld think)

Comment by wbb 06.05.14 @ 8:20 am

Classic @ wbb! We either get em early or get em late. Well that’s two out of three. All in good fun. I am happy to see a nice recruit from Florida. The better news on this one is that he may end up a higher recruit because he transferred after his junior year and perhaps his old school is slow to put some film together.

Comment by dhuffdaddy 06.05.14 @ 8:16 pm

Well we wanted to see kids from Florida on Pitt’s roster, so he’s got that going for him.

Comment by Dr. Tom 06.06.14 @ 6:37 am

FWIW, three of the four 4-stars we got last year (Jennnings, Bookser & James) committed after their high school seasons were over. Jennings didn’t commit until January.

I would assume most of the commits we get in the upcoming weeks are 3-star types (and maybe a few 2-stars) with a lot of potential. James Conner and Shakir Soto are 2 examples as were a couple of DBs from Clairton who got a lot of PT as natural frosh .. so a handful of them can indeed turn out well even though they are not splash commits.

Comment by wbb 06.06.14 @ 8:30 am

Piss and moan all you want Old Pitt Grad. You’re going to be wrong here. And then you’ll piss and moan about that…

The conventional wisdom is that a two-star in florida is a three star in PA. I don’t know if I believe all that but I watched this kid’s tape and he looks like a good football player. I think it’s a good get.

Comment by Atlanta Panther 06.06.14 @ 8:47 am

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