Dee Brown reached out to Keisean Henderson with an offer a couple of weeks ago.
It wasn’t a scholarship offer, but it was an offer to come compete at the 210ths Top 150 camp with the best of the best in the WPIAL. Since he was visiting his grandmother in the Pittsburgh area, he couldn’t say no.
“I was like, ‘I gotta bring my legs and my body.’ I gotta bring my talents,” Henderson told PSN Sunday at Shady Side Academy.
And Henderson — a 6-foot-3, 170-pound athlete from Texas in the class of 2026 — certainly brought his talents to the Top 150 camp. He did so well competing with the underclassmen in the first session that he stuck around and competed with the upperclassmen afterward.
“I feel like it was a good camp,” Henderson told PSN after the first session. “I came out here and threw a couple of balls, but I knew I’m gonna be going with the older group, so I had to save a bit. So, I’m trying to win MVP for both to show I’m versatile and can go with both groups.”
And what do you know? Henderson won quarterback and overall MVP honors after a stellar showing in drills and 7-on-7 action.
He played wide receiver as a freshman at Legacy School of Sport Sciences in Spring, Texas, but he’s making the switch to quarterback next season, and it was his play at quarterback Sunday that stole the show with the top recruits in the WPIAL in attendance.
But he did play some wide receiver and defensive back, looking good at both spots.
Henderson is a natural athlete, with a smooth release and excellent velocity, and he’s a fluid, elusive athlete — with a perfect frame to pack on muscle as either a quarterback or athlete. His work at quarterback though, hitting receivers all over the field in drills and 7-on-7 action, was the standout of the camp.
“(I just) wanted to show my craft and my ability to go out there and throw with guys who are older than me and guys who I know are going to do big things,” Henderson said.
Penn State took notice, offering him following his performance Sunday, joining the likes of Arizona State, Colorado, Houston, Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon, Pitt, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas State, Tulane, UNLV, UTSA, Washington State, Grambling State and Texas Southern who have already offered.
Pitt’s coaching staff jumped into the fray just this weekend, extending an offer on Saturday.
“They see me as a receiver, but I was talking to coach Pat, the head coach, and he said when I come up there in the summer, he said come spin the rock,” Henderson said. “So, we can switch it from receiver to athlete because that’s all the film I have on it.”
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There’s been communication with Narduzzi and Frank Cignetti Jr. so far, and there is a plan to eventually make it out to Pittsburgh when his recruiting process really opens up next summer. It’s been a solid bond so far.
“They feel like a family, but I feel like everything comes and goes, so if anything happens, they’ll still be in touch,” Henderson said.
Pitt offered him as a wide receiver, and there’s a pathway to him being either a receiver or defensive back at the next level, but he’s moving forward now as a quarterback at Legacy School of Sport Sciences. With last season’s starting quarterback graduated, it’s Henderson’s time to step up.
“I’m gonna be starting there this season, so I’m trying to get work in and show off how versatile I am, and that I can read the field,” Henderson said. “If I was to go back to receiver, I could show how to dissect the plays and stuff like that.
“My leg ability and my ability to make plays, even when there’s no play to happen. Making plays on the run, getting out of the pocket, breaking tackles, things like that.”
As a freshman, Henderson was an electric receiving threat, hauling in 74 receptions for 1,135 yards (15.3 yards per reception) and 14 touchdowns — adding 20 carries for 141 yards.
He only attempted 48 passes last season, throwing for 357 yards with a touchdown and an interception, but that’s going to change.
Considering his status as a recruit in the class of 2026, still quite a ways off from his time in the spotlight, he hasn’t been ranked by any of the major recruiting services yet. But when the class of 2026 is ranked, there’s a high likelihood that he is one of the recruits in the class.
When it comes to a school eventually standing out in his recruiting process, it comes down to the relationship and seeing it for himself firsthand but also finding a place where he truly feels comfortable spending four years.
“I want to see a family and team-building guys,” Henderson said. “I want to see making it to the league, guys who are big prospects and they’re still building on their game, so I can just fit right into the process.”