Pitt is embarking on its two most important weekends of the recruiting calendar, and a Florida cornerback got the party rolling.
Malik Henderson of Hallandale Beach, Fla., reported on his Twitter account Wednesday that he plans to enroll next year. He is the first member of the Class of 2015 from outside Pennsylvania to commit to Pitt.
Henderson is a two-star prospect, according to Rivals.com. His other best scholarship offers came from Arkansas and Indiana. He is the fourth overall senior to make a non-binding verbal commitment to Pitt, joining Kittanning tight end Nick Bowers, Canon-McMillan offensive lineman Alex Paulina and Altoona linebacker Kevin Givens.
With a decreasing number of players expected to leave the Pitt program this year — thanks to the stability created by coach Paul Chryst and his staff — and 49 added in the past two recruiting classes, expect this year’s group to be the smallest since Chryst welcomed 16 in 2012.
Meanwhile, coaches and officials are making plans to host about 300 high school players this weekend and next at Pitt’s UPMC training facility on the South Side for the Paul Chryst Football Camps. This is, generally, where many players make up their minds, but where they also get plenty of instruction from members of the Pitt staff and other coaches.
The next two weekends are so important to the long-range growth of the program that Chryst is skipping ceremonies at Wisconsin-Platteville on June 13 where his late father George will be honored for three decades of service as coach and athletic director.