Aliquippa’s Dravon Henry Having a Wild Recruiting Week
Posted August 10, 2013 1:01 pm
There has been a lot of talk going around discussing the recruitment of Aliquippa star Dravon Henry regarding where he stands with his recruitment. Most of the talk came when PREPS.COM’s own @WPIAL_Insider tweeted about the lack of communication between Pitt and Dravon Henry. Pitt fans started to uproar once the news broke, some saying it is false, some saying we fabricated the story. Let us be clear, this information is FACTUAL, but the question posed is: Should Pitt fans be worried about the lack of communication for Pitt’s prized recruit?
The whole story broke when PREPS.COM recently spoke to the father of Dravon Henry via telephone. What he expressed, was that neither he, his wife, nor Dravon himself have spoken to Pitt over the phone since June. This does not mean Pitt does not communicate with Dravon anymore. They talk almost everyday via social networks and still mail Dravon letters. But there is still concern. Recruiting rules prohibit coaches from calling recruits until the season starts, and once the season does start; they are only allowed to call once a week. Until then, recruits can only speak over the phone with the coach if the recruit calls the coaches themselves. What was told to us, is Pitt set up planned calls with Dravon and his family at 8pm, and on 3 separate occasions, Pitt did not answer when Dravon called. That fact stirred up much debate but I can assure you, it is factual information.
With that being said, where does Dravon now stand with his Final 4 of Pitt, West Virginia, Ohio State, and Penn State?
We feel that West Virginia is the front-runner for PA’s top recruit. This is solely based on opinion, as Dravon has not released who his top school is at the moment. He does, however, feel most comfortable with West Virginia’s coaching staff and said he had a great feeling when he was down there on campus when he visited during the summer.
Not far behind Pitt in our opinion is both Pitt and once again Penn State. We weren’t exactly sure if PSU would have the scholarship for Dravon because they are now only allowed to sign 15 recruits thanks to the NCAA sanctions. With Dravon announcing after the season, it looked as if the spots would fill up, but now it looks like they may have some spots left for a few more months. Penn State now has five remaining scholarships, if Dravon truly wanted Penn State, he most likely would’ve pulled the trigger by now, but, nonetheless, Penn State is still in it for him.
Pitt is the hometown team for Henry. Many people believe Henry will end up choosing Pitt just because of the storied “Quip-to-Pitt” pipeline. We feel that the longer his recruitment drags out, the better chances Pitt has to lock up the star corner.
We finally come down to Ohio State. It is rumored that Ohio State had New Castle’s Malik Hooker higher on their board than Dravon. After Hooker committed to play defense, we’re hearing it might’ve sealed Henry’s fate to go to the Buckeyes. Now, the Buckeyes very well might still have a scholarship for Henry, but as of now, it is looking bleak for the Buckeyes to land Dravon as they already have filled most of their recruiting needs with a star-studded class.
The dark horse in this saga is Michigan State. Henry lost some interest in the school when he believed Michigan State offered him as a runningback instead of a corner. It is no secret Dravon wants to play corner in college. The Spartans have recently contacted him again and assured him that there was a miscommunication and that they want him as corner. We will have to see if Michigan State will move into his top 4, but don’t count the Spartans out just yet.
As far as we know, Dravon Henry is not close to a commitment anytime soon and plans to announce after the season. A lot of things can happen until then. Preps.com will be following his recruitment very closely and will provide the most in-depth, timely updates.