It may have taken a bit of time to make it out to Pittsburgh for the first time, but once Cameron Monteiro did for his official visit over the weekend, he knew what he needed to do.
Monteiro — a 6-foot-3, 170-pound three-star wide receiver from Brockton High School in Brockton, Mass. — announced a top three of Kentucky, Pitt and Virginia earlier this week, but he announced Wednesday afternoon that he has chosen Pitt.
He committed to Pitt over Kentucky and Virginia, as well as offers from Akron, Boston College, Buffalo, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Temple, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
“(Pitt) did a lot, but one thing that stood out to me was definitely the receivers coach, coach Underwood,” Monteiro told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Him just being there, talking to me, he keeps it real. He’s just gonna let me know what it is and he keeps it real. And that’s what really made me make my decision easier.”
Pitt was the second Power Five school to extend Monteiro an offer, way back in April of 2022, and it’s the length of that bond and the strength of the relationship over that time that has made an impact.
“I was hearing from someone on the staff at all times,” Monteiro said. “There wasn’t a time when they weren’t hitting me up. I’d be getting calls and texts from whoever on the staff, but they’ve always been recruiting me since the offer. Never slowed down.”
Monteiro’s official visit, getting the chance to lock back in with Panthers wide receivers coach Tiquan Underwood again and checking out the Pittsburgh Steelers at minicamp, was just another reason why he felt it was time to commit.
Underwood deeply values Monteiro as a wide receiver, and as Monteiro played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back as a junior at Brockton, he came to understand the game better from playing literally everywhere.
“I can understand what the quarterback is going through or what the receiver is going through or what the corner is going through,” Monteiro said. “It’s definitely the versatility of all of it, that’s why I feel like me playing all those positions this past year is definitely going to help me out at the next level.”
He was a true triple threat at Brockton last season, completing 20-of-32 pass attempts (63%) for 337 yards and two touchdowns and racking up 103 carries for 1,064 yards (10.3 yards per carry) and 15 touchdowns. He also added seven receptions for 149 yards (21.3 yards per catch) and three touchdowns.
He was more of a wide receiver as a sophomore, hauling in 45 receptions for 731 yards (16.2 yards per) and eight touchdowns — while adding 33 carries for 258 yards (7.8 yards per) and three touchdowns and racking up 30 tackles and an interception.
“(Underwood) definitely likes my yards after the catch; he likes how I can make a play after I get the ball in my hands,” Monteiro said. “I can make a guy or two miss. But another big thing he talks about is developing me. I’m still raw, and he tells me, when I get down there, he’ll develop me into the best player I can be. And I believe in it.”
247Sports rates Monteiro as the No. 778 ranked recruit in the class (No. 98 ranked wide receiver and No. 3 recruit from Massachusetts). On3 rates Monteiro as the No. 747 ranked recruit in the class (No. 108 ranked wide receiver and No. 3 ranked recruit from Massachusetts).
Rivals hasn’t yet ranked Monteiro, but he holds a 5.6 Rivals Rating.
With Monteiro committed to Pitt and also planning to enroll early, he’s relieved that he’s found a home and can lock into his senior season at Brockton. And while he’s a year away from being a Pitt Panther, it means the world to him.
“It means everything,” Monteiro said. “Seeing the culture they’ve got over, seeing all the players they’ve sent to the league, it just means everything.
“I’m coming. That’s all I can say, I’m coming.”
Monteiro is Pitt’s second wide receiver commit in the class, joining four-star wideout DayDay Farmer (Melbourne, Fla.). And he’s the third “Pat Signal” to announce from the June 8-10 window, joining three-star defensive backs Nigel Maynard and Chasen Johnson.