Dravon Henry Breaks Down the Pitt-FSU Game
Posted September 3, 2013 8:01 pm
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Pitt had an opportunity to really make a recruiting statement in last night’s ESPN College Monday Night Football Game. Hosting over 30 recruits, Pitt brought out all the stops to make the recruits buy into the Pitt program. Some recruits left very impressed, but how did Pitt’s prized recruit Dravon Henry feel after the game?
Preps.com contacted the man in charge of Dravon’s recruitment; his father. He had some great things to say about Pitt, but also some negatives to say.
When asked about the atmosphere, Pitt fans did not disappoint Dravon. Though a Florida State war-chant was being heard late in the fourth, the fans made enough of an impression for Dravon to say he enjoyed the atmosphere around Pitt. So, the Panther staff did have one of their top guys coming away with some positives.
Unfortunately, Redshirt Freshman QB Jameis Winston of Florida State made the Pitt secondary look foolish, only throwing two incompletions, one being where the receiver couldn’t keep his feet in bounds. As a DB, Dravon was making sure to watch his position most, and in a prime-time game, the defensive backfield was put in positions where they could not make plays. Pitt mainly played the soft zones with no press coverage, wanting Florida State to try them deep, but FSU picked Pitt a part for 9-12 yards at a time. Pitt showed no aggression and was too laid back fort Dravon’s liking.
When asked what overall grade Dravon would give the trip, his father answered with a surprising D. The only details he gave on why he gave Pitt such a low grade was for the reasoning above.
To make matters even more interesting for Dravon’s recruitment, he spoke very highly of WVU. Though they struggled with FCS William and Mary, he loved how aggressive the corners played. Much concern for WVU came on their offense and defensive line. When regarding the secondary, the style of play fit exactly how Dravon liked. Let’s be honest, Henry is a playmaker, playing 9-11 yards off the receiver will not allow a corner to make the plays Dravon is capable of making.
Now, obviously this can all change within a week. Maybe Pitt’s gameplan was to back off the corners and play conservatively, we’ll find out how aggressive they really are in upcoming weeks. Henry will also be watching the Oklahoma-WVU game to see how WVU corners play against top-tier teams. The sample size presented was just too small to make predictions on where Dravon will commit just from Week 1 of play.
Dravon plans to attend more Pitt and WVU games this season. He will be at the WVU-Oklahoma State game, and is undecided on what other Pitt game he will attend. He is deciding between the games when Pitt plays North Carolina and Miami.
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