As Chris speculated recently, Pitt's football recruiting has certainly picked up in June. After a hiatus lasting several months of not landing a new commitment, the Panthers added a new recruit in Florida's Malik Henderson. A few days later, Pitt has a quarterback now in Malvern Prep's Alex Hornibrook:
Very excited and humbled to announce that I have committed to play football at the University of Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/eqPOnehRP0— Alex Hornibrook (@alex_hornibrook) June 7, 2014
He later talked about being impressed with Pitt and the program:
"I loved everything about Pitt, from the campus to the coaches," Hornibrook said. "It feels like home and I couldn’t be more excited to be a Pitt Panther."
Rivals says his other offers included Rutgers and UConn. He also visited Tennessee and Kentucky.
Pretty ironic considering we've just been talking about the state of Pitt's recruiting when it comes to quarterbacks. Hornibrook isn't an elite prospect under center, but he does appear to be a very solid 'get' at this point.
A big part of this is that Hornibrook really helps fill a position of need. After the decommitment of Wade Freebeck, Pitt is really a bit short when it comes to quarterbacks and that kind of put the program in a bind. Coupling the Freebeck decommitment with Mark Myers leaving in 2012 and Tra'Von Chapman being booted and then heading to Division II, the Panthers are just thin at quarterback right now. This season, the Panthers have presumed starter Chad Voytik, upperclassman Trey Anderson, and true freshman Adam Bertke. The addition of Hornibrook really gives Pitt a little more depth for the future.
Pitt could still be fine for this upcoming season, but they really need Voytik to remain healthy and be effective.
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