Wednesday, March 20, 2013
2014 S Henry clarifies his top four
By Jared Shanker
Pittsburgh fans can temper their excitement just a little, and Ohio State, Penn State and West Virginia fans can feel a little better about where they stand with Dravon Henry now.
The Aliquippa (Pa.) safety released a top four Monday night and numbered the schools, but it turns out the numeral in front of each school meant little. He listed Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia and Ohio State in that order in his Twitter post.
“The numbers were the schools he visited in order,” his father, Roland Henry, said.
Henry visited Pittsburgh on Feb. 2 for a junior day and checked out Penn State’s junior day on Feb. 23. He was at West Virginia on Sunday and is considering a visit to Ohio State on Apr. 20, although father and son could visit Penn State’s or West Virginia’s spring game that weekend instead.
The Mountaineers hosted several of their top targets on Sunday, and the staff made an impression on several of them, Henry included.
“That was a great trip,” Roland said. “The coaches are very hands on and enthusiastic. They go at it. He got a kick out of that. West Virginia, they seem like a no-break type program. You can tell Coach [Dana] Holgorsen definitely wants to shore that defense up.”
While Pitt is not officially No. 1 on Henry’s list, Aliquippa has a long list of sending its prospects to the local school. Henry’s cousin is former Panther Darrelle Revis, and overseeing Pitt’s football operations is Chris LaSala, an Aliquippa native.
Those ties to Pitt will “surely” help the Panthers’ cause, Roland said.
“Pitt is one of the first teams to offer,” Roland said. “He got a lot longer history with those coaches.”
The Nittany Lions coaches, including new safeties coach Anthony Midget, are making a positive impression on Henry.
“I think their coaches are really honest and straight up with everything,” Roland said. “We really like Coach [Bill] O’Brien, Midget and [John] Butler.
The group is not a list of Henry’s finalists, and if a program like Alabama or Oregon offered the Watch List prospect then he would certainly reconsider. But for now, those are the four schools he is focusing his attention on.
“It’s still open,” Roland said. “Those are the four teams he’s most comfortable with.”