On Monday, the Keystone State's No. 1-rated prospect, Dravon Henry (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa), committed to West Virginia and is now the Mountaineers' top pledge. Read below to see how the four-star athlete fits in at WVU:
What he brings: Henry is a versatile athlete with playmaking ability. The ESPN 300 prospect could contribute at running back or in the defensive secondary. We feel his better fit leans more toward defense, where he has good speed and range and is a true ballhawk. A smooth athlete, he can matchup with receivers in man-to-man coverage, though he is at his best in zone coverage where he displays good recognition skills. Once around the football he can make a play, demonstrating good ball skills and body control. A solid run supporter, though he can improve as a tackler.
How he fits: It could certainly be tempting to utilize Henry on offense where the Mountaineers are capable of being explosive, but if you go by the philosophy that you put your best athletes on defense he should land on that side of the ball where there is a bigger need. Henry is an athlete with the tools to be productive cornerback as well also potentially develop into a safety and can offer versatility to their secondary in time.
Prediction for performance: West Virginia is coming off a rough season when they notched only four wins and were near the bottom of the country in several defensive categories. The Mountaineers do return several players to that unit and were fairly young this season, but Henry is a good athlete who could be expected to step in and begin contributing even in a limited role. One area where they were solid in was takeaways, and Henry can bring some playmaker qualities to that secondary unit. In time with development, he has the tools to develop into a good starter whether at cornerback or safety and should quickly begin to contribute on special teams.
How the class is shaping up: This is a big pickup for WVU, who were able to beat hometown Pitt and land the four-star athlete. Henry is the Mountaineers' fourth ESPN 300 commitment and now becomes their highest-rated prospect. The strength of the class is on offense where 11 prospects are projected, like ESPN 300 wide receiver Lamar Parker (Miami/Booker T. Washington), but Henry, likely to be utilized on defense, strengthens this class on that side of the ball.