- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
Dravon Henry (Aliquippa Pa./Aliquippa) has the best kind of problem any recruit could hope for -- he’s not playing full games because his high school team is winning by too much.
Most games, Aliquippa coach Michael Zmijanac has to pull his star running back/safety early. And considering the Quips are 5-0 and have outscored teams 264-7, Henry is having a really hard time seeing his lack of playing time as any kind of problem at all.
“I’m really only playing like two quarters a game,” Henry said. “But it’s fine. When I’m in, I know how to make players miss.”
Despite his lack of playing time during his junior season, strong camp and combine performances led to offers from schools such as Ohio State, Michigan State, Pitt and West Virginia. The 2014 two-way star also has gained the attention of Michigan, which he likes.
“They’ve been nice,” Henry said. “They’ll send me letters, talking aboutm ‘Have a good game’ or ‘Keep in touch.’ They sound like they’re good people.”
The 5-foot-11, 181-pound prospect enjoys playing both ways and has excelled for the Quips. Through five games (though just about 10 quarters), Henry reported that he has carried the ball for nearly 500 yards on 27 carries, reaching the end zone 10 times. Defensively, he said he has one interception and 15 tackles.
Henry said Michigan and other Big Ten schools are mainly recruiting him as a safety, though some schools are coming at him as a running back and smaller schools are pursuing him as both. But he thinks his ability to play both ways on the field has only aided his progress as a player.
“It helps a lot,” Henry said. “I play running back so I always know what a running back would do in a situation, and then it’s the same thing as a safety -- that definitely helps.”
Henry will take a few visits near the end of his season, though he’s keeping his focus on a Pennsylvania state championship. And if he can get that goal under his belt (though he knows that will require him to play more than two quarters in some games), he’ll start looking for where he fits at the next level.
“I’m just trying to win state this year, I’ll start to focus on that more at the end of this year,” Henry said. “But I’m just looking for a place that feels like home, that’s pretty much it. I want to be comfortable with my surroundings.”