West Virginia picked up a huge piece of their 2014 class on Monday afternoon when Aliquippa (PA) athlete Dravon Henry announced that he would be a Mountaineer, choosing WVU over former Backyard Brawl rival Pittsburgh.
Dravon Henry has committed to WVU.
In a battle that began back in March when the four-star prospect announced a top four of West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Ohio State and Penn State, fans have been pondering for weeks where the top player in the Keystone State would choose.
First, he eliminated Ohio State. Then, the surprising boot of Penn State, despite the fact that many had believed they were the favorite. Ultimately, the choice came down to West Virginia and Pittsburgh, but according to sources, lead recruiter Tony Gibson made the difference.
Along with knocking the in-home visit on the first day of the contact period out of the park, Gibson also set up multiple unofficial visits to Morgantown for Henry. Throughout the course of the season, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect visited West Virginia three times on gameday. Those experiences helped set WVU apart.
"He’s been to a few Pitt games since it’s 25-30 minutes away, but the (West Virginia) crowd is what got him the most," said Roland Henry, Dravon's father, earlier this year. "The crowd involvement, the “Let’s Go Mountaineers” and the (chant) they do with the first down… the participation was crazy."
That was after the Texas Tech game. When Henry returned for the night game versus Texas, it was much of the same.
"Oh yea, the atmosphere was crazy once again," said Henry's father. "There were fans with signs and everything, people saying they need him down there. He was pretty happy about all of that."
On Monday, there's no doubt the West Virginia fans could be heard again when Henry announced his decision to head south to Morgantown. His commitment is a huge for the Mountaineers in more ways than one.
Using the 247Sports Class Calculator, adding Henry to the class would vault West Virginia ahead of South Florida, Texas Tech, N.C. State, UCLA and Nebraska and into 37th place with 183.71 points. His teammate, defensive tackle, Jaleel Fields, is set to announce on Wednesday, and it is rumored the two would prefer to play together at the next level. Fields has a top three of West Virginia, Cincinnati and Purdue.
Henry received a four-star, .9467-rating as the nation's 8th-ranked athlete and top player in the state of Pennsylvania, regardless of position.
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