Ellis Henderson visited Hawaii last weekend and liked everything about it on the academic and athletic side so the Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview athlete decided to commit on the spot.
"Everything just fit," Henderson said. "Everything just felt right. The academic side of it, I want to study marine biology and there's no better place to study that.
"It was a great atmosphere and I like how they accepted me and my family. The coaches were great. It's hard to find one thing wrong with the school."
Academics played a big role for Henderson, who might also study zoology, and so Hawaii was a perfect situation in many respects.
The 6-foot, 180-pound three-star prospect said school has always come before football and the education he can receive at Hawaii is unparalleled.
"My parents have always taught me academics come first," Henderson said. "The first thing we looked at with every school was the academics and that was definitely the best fit academically and I think the best fit athletically."
Air Force, Idaho, Washington State, New Mexico State and Montana State had also offered Henderson, rated eighth in the Washington state rankings by Rivals.com, but the combination of academics and athletics at Hawaii was too much for Henderson to turn down.
He's especially excited to be a slot receiver in Hawaii's explosive offense and was able to watch some tape during his visit to break down exactly what he'd be doing on the field.
"I knew the offense was extremely explosive and I already knew coming in they were really good at that," Henderson said.
"When I got there we went over how the offense works and how their slot receivers have so much choice in the matter. Overall, I learned how intricate the offense is and how much fun it would be to play in so I really liked it."