Pitt landed its sixth verbal commitment of the 2015 class Tuesday night when Wilmington, Del., receiver Quadree Henderson called up Paul Chryst to announce his decision to become a Panther.
"I broke the ice by saying, 'Hey coach Chryst I was just calling to ask you if you had a spot on your depth chart for a wide receiver because I want to come to Pittsburgh,'" Henderson said. "He kind of laughed about it but I could tell he was excited about it because he said I made his night."
Henderson was originally going to wait until the fall to make a decision, but since Pitt was so far ahead of his other offers, he decided that it wouldn't be fair to wait any longer.
"I've been liking Pitt a lot and I felt like it would be an injustice to keep them waiting," Henderson said. "I liked them a lot. That's really what pushed it up. I just wanted to join them to get the process over with."
Henderson is a consensus three-star prospect on all the major recruiting services, and chose the Panthers over offers from Boston College, Clemson, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Rutgers, Temple and West Virginia.
He said the coaches he has been in the most contact with throughout the recruiting process are offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, receivers coach Greg Lewis and offensive line coach (and Philadelphia area recruiter) Jim Hueber.
"Most of them are very humble, got a sense of humor to them," Henderson said of the Pitt coaching staff. "I like being around funny people. I like to joke at certain times, but when it comes down to work we can get serious about things. Just them being humble all around, them showing me respect when I come up there, them treating me like I was one of their kids."
Henderson will join Pitt as a slot receiver, and said there's also a chance he'll get a look at kick and punt return.
He visited Pitt for a spring practice, and got to spend some time with receiver Tyler Boyd. While he obviously hopes to come in and have the same kind of impact Boyd did as a freshman, Henderson said the amount of playing time Pitt freshmen got last year didn't play a big role in his decision.
"I know that most of the freshmen worked for their positions, so I know I'm going to have to go into Pitt and work to get a starting spot and start as a true freshman," he said.
Here's some YouTube highlights from Henderson's junior season: