DALLAS, Texas — Four-star defensive back Dravon Henry, who arrived on campus only six weeks ago, seems primed to become an instant-impact recruit for West Virginia.
“Right now, he’s running with the ones at free safety,” coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday. “I don’t know if that’s going to remain because we can’t get out there to coach them and really film it and see how they’re doing. But right now he’s in the mix at free safety as a starter.”
A consensus top-200 national recruit according to Rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247Sports, Henry was a two-way star at Aliquippa (Pa.) High School where he rushed for 5,454 career yards. He also could factor in West Virginia’s return game, especially with Wendell Smallwood’s status made murky by a witness tampering charge in Delaware.
Holgorsen said Henry and four-star quarterback William Crest are two standouts who “bring more to the table” than some of the freshmen forced into early action during recent seasons.
With four members of this year’s recruiting class yet to enroll, Holgorsen said it’s possible the missing players won’t arrive in time for the July 31 start of preseason camp.
Cornerback Jaylon Myers and offensive lineman Justin Scott have not completed the requisite junior college courses, Holgorsen said. Two freshmen—receiver Jacob McCrary of Miami and offensive lineman Dontae Angus of Philadelphia—haven’t qualified through the NCAA clearinghouse.
It has been Holgorsen’s policy not to bring in a player until his eligibility is confirmed, which is why 2013 signee Darrien Howard didn’t arrive until Aug. 21 last year.