Chalk another one up for Pitt football head coach. The Panthers' coaching staff added their eighth commit for the 2016 class with a verbal from wide receiver Ruben Flowers.
Flowers is out of Ohio and is the first player in the Panthers' class that is ranked among the best at their position - the site slots him as the 50th best receiver in the nation and he is also the first Rivals four-star commit in the class.
Interesting enough, he doesn't have the best offer sheet despite having the most stars next to his name (at least from Rivals...I'll get to that in a second). Recent commit Chase Pine holds that distinction as the linebacker reportedly had offers from Georgia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, among others. Flowers was certainly desired, though, with offers from the likes of Iowa, Illinois, and Cincinnati. It's also worth pointing out that he had drawn quite a bit of interest despite the somewhat modest offer sheet - Ohio State, for one, was keeping an eye on him.
And, oh yeah, stop calling him:
Ruben Flowers didn't commit to Pitt on Friday to stop the telephone calls, but he'll accept that as an added benefit.
“I was getting calls (from coaches) every two hours for the past month,” he said, with a sense of relief. “I'm very happy (the recruiting process is over).”
Flowers isn't a consensus four-star player. In fact, Rivals is the only one that went out on a limb with that designation as ESPN, Scout and 247 all give him only three stars and that seems more in line with the offers he's received. But he posted solid numbers as a junior in 2014 (per Rivals, he had 58 catches for 1,300 yards and 14 touchdowns) and at 6'4", he has good size.
Whether he's a three- or four-star recruit, though, this has the look of another good get for the coaching staff.