Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Recruiting Flashback: Dravon Henry

henry wvuAs he sat at a table in his high school gymnasium with four college hats in front of him, Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt, and WVU, Dravon Henry (Number 140 in ESPN Top 300) knew the decision he was about to make was one he wouldn’t regret. Before he could make his decision however, Henry wanted his mother to be present for the biggest decision he had ever made. Family was a very important thing to Henry and that’s what led him to the Mountaineers. After his decision Henry stated  his relationship with the Mountaineer coaching staff outweighed any other thing a school could offer.

“Out of the three, I just felt like West Virginia was more homey, and I felt the love with it, so I picked West Virginia,” said Henry.

After holding offers from over 35 major universities, including Florida State, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Miami, Henry eliminated all but four of them on March 18th, one day after an official visit to WVU. Henry would proceed to visit WVU on 5 more occasions before ultimately committing to the Mountaineers on December 9th. Even with the commitment that still didn’t stop schools from attempting to flip the highly touted DB to their school but with a visit to WVU on January 31st, the weekend before National Signing Day, Henry solidified his commitment to the Mountaineers and just a couple days later would sign his LOI with the school.

After Henry’s commit to WVU, it seemed like a pipeline to Aliquippa High School had opened up for WVU. Following his commitment to the Mountaineers fellow teammates Jaleel Fields went on to commit to play with Henry at WVU and former Pitt RB Rushel Shell had already transferred to WVU, where he was sitting the season out.

Henry’s college career began like every kid dreams of, he was the starting safety against the number one team in college football, the Alabama Crimson Tide. Henry would go on to start every game as a true freshman for the Mountaineers with his biggest came coming on October 25th against Oklahoma State, where Henry intercepted two passes and returned one for his first touchdown. After the game Henry was named the National Defensive Back of the Week. Henry’s extraordinary play wasn’t just being noticed by the Mountaineers but by all of college football. After the season Henry was named a first team All American Freshman at the safety position.

Written by Travis Stone, BGS Senior Writer



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