Dual threat commits to play for Pitt
Pitt received its sixth commitment from the Class of 2015 on Tuesday when wide receiver Quadree Henderson of Wilmington, Del., telephoned coach Paul Chryst to announce his plans to enroll next year.
Henderson said he liked everything about the Pitt program when he visited the campus during spring drills this year. Especially how coach Paul Chryst, offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and receivers coach Greg Lewis treated him.
“I felt like they were all committed to me the most,” Henderson said.
Henderson, ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, chose Pitt over offers from Clemson, Nebraska, West Virginia, Boston College and five other schools.
Henderson (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) made a series of big plays for Alexis I. DuPont (Del.) High School last season, scoring 15 touchdowns five different ways.
When coach Zeb Blum was asked how he used Henderson last season, he said, “We used him in every possible way you can. We handed it to him. We pitched it to him. And we threw it to him, behind the line of scrimmage and as far down the field as we could get it.”
Henderson, who said he has run a 4.43-second, 40-yard dash, caught 31 passes for 931 yards (an average of 30 per reception) and 10 TDs. He also averaged 6.9 yards per carry and scored a touchdown, and returned one punt and two kickoffs for scores.
“They stopped kicking to him at a certain point,” Blum said.
Blum said on one kickoff the defense appeared to have Henderson cornered.
“We were getting ready to send in the first play (from scrimmage), and all of a sudden everyone is cheering,” Blum said. “I don't know quite how he got out, but he took it all the way.”
Henderson also played cornerback for DuPont and returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown.
“I don't think we took him off the field much,” Blum said. “He is one of those guys you can say he is lightning in a bottle. We know we are going to be successful depending on how much we can get him the ball.”
Blum, who is DuPont's baseball coach, lost him to the track team in the spring where he ran a 10.8-second time in the 100 meters. He skipped the state track meet to participate in a seven-on-seven football tournament.
“(Football) is what he's going to do in the future,” Blum said.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
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