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.

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  • WVcoal

    It's all good.

  • Elephant Lover

    Get ready for the beatdown... Roll Tide!

    • hailey

      Go away you animal loving freak... you know there is a word for that (besides weird)

  • Rex

    I am a long time fan and lived up in Motown for 20 years right by the stadium. I have seen the program go through many ups and downs. I actually kind of don't mind when we hit low points. It is a pleasure sticking with them through thick and thin and watching a poor team get better. We always seems to cycle around and come up with some pretty damned good teams, better than I think we have much of a right to be really, compared to so many other teams that have so much more going for them. I went to a number of practices when RR first came up and you could see something good was brewing and when it hit the satisfaction sure was amplified by sitting through those crappy seasons. I am not sure being a fan of a team like Alabama is as good as it might seem. You just win all the time and go from one great team to the next. The pleasure of watching a team grow and compete at a level so many people never expect is just not there. Now, we have no business beating a team like Alabama this year, but that's not what I will be looking for. I have been patiently waiting for some strides in our competiveness and I think this year we just might get it. And I really like coach H. He hasn't been that great of a head coach so far but I didn't expect him to. I just have a feeling that he, like this team, are primed to take some steps in the right direction. Its the same kind of feeling I had with that 3 win season under RR. One of my all time favorite seasons. You could just sense better things were coming. Anyway, this is all just a bunch of talk from a die hard mounty fan, we will see what happens.

    • Kasmont83

      Rex, thanks man. Best post I have read on several Wvu boards in a while. Really captured fandom dude! I'll be taking a shot in your honor on game day. Cheers Bro.

    • MB WV

      Rex,

      Thanks, that was a great post!
      Some of things I see people post, I'm not sure how they get out of bed in the morning.

    • Tom K

      One of those 3 wins, you may recall, was the 80-7 Rutgers game. That was a hint of things to come.

  • Stephen W

    Holgerson has the team in the right direction. They were competitive in all but 2 games last year and that was with a D- quarterback performance for the season. Ford Childress' lack of maturity has been a big setback for Holgerson.

    As much as Bill Stewart was a great mountaineer and perfect for the Fiesta Bowl he should have rode off a Legend after that game. But He was in over his head and the talent and team was eroding. After Doc Holiday left it only got worse.

    Last year's juniors & seniors were Stewart's without Doc and Holgerson was having to play transfers and true freshmen before they were ready. But with 14 returning starters mostly sophs & jrs WVU will turn heads. A few of those games they lost in the 4th qtr will go the WVU way ....

    7- 5 and the Champs Bowl

    • Sly

      I wish you had a clue but the fact is we have regressed massively across the board under Holgorsen. Talent, leadership, preparation, determination and everything that distinguishes the good from the bad are at the lowest level since the Cignettit era.

      The heads that will turn are our fans turning away in disgust and trying not to vomit as we suffer through what this clown coaching staff has done to a once proud program.

      The only light at the end of this tunnel is the knowledge that Luck will be forced to can this worthless punk at the end of the season if not sooner.

      • whatamoroon

        Ever had the feeling you were the idiot when calling someone an idiot. You should now.

    • Yogi Wahoo

      Wise words with a positive vibe ....Lets Go

  • ExtendedMountaineerFamily

    Anyone who has doubts if this year's WVU football team can beat Alabama then compare the WVU vs. Oklahoma game last year and then cross-reference to the Okie-Bama game. Styles make fights and Bama is in for a fight. Not to look ahead too far but Maryland better watch out too...It's swagger time.

  • squad

    yes that right you can fire him....


    AND THEN WHAT??

    do you still not have issues of talent and depth?.. you do.

    we will be ok and Dana will be our coach in 2015.

  • NerfSlinger

    Holgy has the look of confidence, not complacency. He's got swagger. He knows more than we do. He's got a rabbit in his hat that he'll pull out in a little more than a month. WVU over Bama by two touchdowns.

    • Am

      That was inspirational!!..the nation needs more of that.

  • NCWVUFAN

    WVU set to play NC State in a home/home starting in 2018 & 2019. TN game coming to Charlotte and now a game in Raleigh for 2018. Thanks, Ollie!!

    • Stephen W

      Ollie says.... Ok ACC, you didn't want us we are muscling into DC, Baltimore, Raleigh-Durham starting to take your recruits ... 2 ... 4 star RB's from Durham
      Crest from Baltimore/DC .... Now were coming for your dates ... 3 games vs Va Tech ... 2 vs NC ST. ...

      How you like them apples!

  • Mountaineer Fanatic

    I am really disappointed at the way our coach was given less time than the Kansas coach. He was talking for less than 5 minutes. I was looking for him to answer some questions, but they just went on to ridicule his situation. He either wins in September, according to the commentators, or he is taking a hike. Yet they predict us to win about four games all season. I predict we will startle them all this year. We can beat Alabama if every member of the team plays his very best. The only expectation I have this year is for the team to do their very best every single minute of every single game they play.
    WHO ARE WE?????? WE ARE (THE) MIGHTY MOUNTAINEERS. LETS GOOOOO

    • Jason

      Wish WVU luck. But I do not honestly think WVU would beat Bama's 2nd team this year.

      • Stephen W

        How come East Carolina could get invited to the AAC but Marshall got left behind? At this point Marshall would have been better off back in the MAC.

      • Steve

        Poor Jason...nothing to be excited about with his beloved Herd being a have not in the works of Cleve football so now he has to read an post his jealous comments about WVU.

        It's ok Jason...you can get excited about those revenge games against Ohio u and Rice lol!

      • Aaron

        Why?

      • Aaron

        Why is that Jason? What do you know about their 2nd team that no one else does? Is it the front of Pettiway, Tomilinson, Allen and Williams or the LB corp of Hamilton, Foster and Dickenson? Or is it their DB's? I know a lot of those guys will see action but if they move up to first team, then you bring the 3rd team up to 2nd team and that unit consists mostly of freshmen and while they're good coming out of high school, they're still freshman.

        Perhaps you could elaborate on just what insight you have that leads you to believe WVU could not play with their 2nd team. And while you're at it, perhaps you could tell us how you think Marshall would fare against the either Alabama's 1st and/or 2nd team.

        • Jason

          There are about 8 or so programs in the country (Alabama being one of them) that have the ability to recruit players out if high school that tend to be physically ready to play at the D1 level, just takes them a year or two to get used to the mental aspect of the game and the speed. Therefore a huge difference in those teams vs everybody else is by the time these players are sophomores and juniors there typically isn't a very big drop off between first and second team at any position. This gives them depth, so they can rotate players in and out to keep fresh legs and if somebody gets hurt, the next guy can step in and not miss a beat. Alabama has a bunch of future NFL players on roster right now. WVU, while has had some good years a few years ago, is not the same team, and cannot compete with Alabama (neither could Marshall), very few other teams will be able to play with bama this year. I honestly don't think WVU could beat Alabama's second team this year. They may be able to, but it would be a good game I am sure. WVU just doesn't have the depth or the players in place right now.

  • TruthTeller

    These may be dumb questions but I am going to ask them anyway. Why is the Alabama mascot an elephant? Are they all Republicans?
    What is behind the " Roll Tide" detergent sayings? What does tide and elephants got to do with Alabama? Does anybody know?

    • squad

      yes they are all republicans. and the economy (record dow) is a disaster...

      • Coalblooded

        And you must think Obama is the answer!!! What a joke!!!

    • Mr. Google

      The Elephant Story

      Elephant
      The story of how Alabama became associated with the "elephant" goes back to the 1930 season when Coach Wallace Wade had assembled a great football team.

      On October 8, 1930, sports writer Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story of the Alabama-Mississippi game he had witnessed in Tuscaloosa four days earlier. Strupper wrote, "That Alabama team of 1930 is a typical Wade machine, powerful, big, tough, fast, aggressive, well-schooled in fundamentals, and the best blocking team for this early in the season that I have ever seen. When those big brutes hit you I mean you go down and stay down, often for an additional two minutes.

      "Coach Wade started his second team that was plenty big and they went right to their knitting scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against one of the best fighting small lines that I have seen. For Ole Miss was truly battling the big boys for every inch of ground.

      "At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, 'Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,' and out stamped this Alabama varsity.

      "It was the first time that I had seen it and the size of the entire eleven nearly knocked me cold, men that I had seen play last year looking like they had nearly doubled in size."

      Strupper and other writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as "Red Elephants," the color referring to the crimson jerseys.

      The 1930 team posted an overall 10-0 record. It shut out eight opponents and allowed only 13 points all season while scoring 217. The "Red Elephants" rolled over Washington State 24-0 in the Rose Bowl and were declared National Champions.

    • John

      Truth teller they are mostly republican but the origins of the elephant I think goes back to someone saying alabama's running game was so tough they run like a bunch of elephants.

    • Protechcpa

      Better question, does anybody (in WV) care? I respect Nick Saban, but I hope their season does not begin well.

      • Coalblooded

        Agreed!!!

  • jay zoom

    some of this jerks comments at Big 12 media days were disgrace to Mountaineer nation. in a sense he is saying WVU made the right move but we may or may never have the talent to compete in this conference. hopefully you will be replaced next year and you and OLLIE can go back to Oklahoma and Texas respectively. evidently you (DANA) and (OLLIE) could careless about the MOUNTAINEERS well being based on recent comments. as long you two get your paychecks and the money rolls in to WVU from the big 12 payouts you could careless. at least one ad done (huggins) cares.

    • rock solid

      @jaydumb: Every time you crap out a post everyone has to get toilet paper to wipe down their monitor screens. What a sad, pathetic example you are of a human being. How you get up any morning and don't get a gun and end your pathetic existance shows that you are just too stupid to know how worthless you are. If you could be fixed maybe there would be hope, but even the best doctors can't fix stupid!

    • SCOTT

      Holy Cow Jay Slime doesnt like Dana and Ollie...who knew...or cared?

    • David

      Jay Zomm -- I hope you did not graduate from WVU. It is "couldn't care less" not could care less. Saying "could care less" means they actually could care less. Saying "couldn't care less" means they really, really do not care.

      While we are at it "care less" is actually two words. Unless you mean that you are "careless" with your proof reading?

      Either way with writing like that you may be an Alabama graduate. :)

      • Mister Man

        He didn't graduate high school. His parents got special permission to pull him out of seventh grade. It's ironic because, if they had waited two months, he would have turned 18 and his parents wouldn't have had to worry about truancy charges.

      • Tyrone

        NO he is a employee of the Dominion Post. He is like a broken record one that repeats itself..He says the same thing on every sports related article on this site..

    • Mitch

      @ jay zoom,

      "He is saying we may never have the talent"...

      OH,REALLY? Was that before or after the part where he said "Recruiting has been going good and we feel like we finally have the depth we need"?

      • hailey

        Jay Zoom aka Beyonce' did not graduate from high school much less college, what a dope

    • Aaron

      Holy snarkles Batman, I about lost it, Jay ZooM calling someone else a disgrace to Mountaineer Nation.

  • WVU FAN

    I like what I see in Dana and I like what I hear Dana saying...I like the changes that the NCAA made on feeding these young men and allowing the coaches to be with the kids two hours a week... ( Clint Trickett's dad is a millionaire, if he can't eat right I don't know who can.. just kidding) I hope this season is fun for our kids and fan base....

    It is a great time to be a Mountaineer !!!!

    **Tale-gate Question is Elephant meat good to eat and where can you get it? **

    Let's GOOOOOOOOOO!!!Mountaineeeeeeeeeers!!!!

    • Jim

      You can get elephant meat in Atlanta, GA on 30 Aug!

      • go wv

        Does elephant taste like chicken?

    • J the C

      Fan, I was thinking "what a great post" until I got to the elephant meat. If it were available, could you eat elephant? That would be like eating Flipper or Willy.

      • Dave

        If we can eat Bambi, why not Dumbo?

        • Bkbear52

          I've been told it tastes like Tiger. LOL Go eerrs.

    • the flying dutchman

      i keep some in the trunk of my car...

  • Ducks In A Row

    I like Holg's attitude. I don't think its cockiness, I think it's confidence in knowing that he has something special this year. He's got swagger. He definitely doesn't express any concerns about being on the hot seat. JMO.

    • peleliu

      Heck if I was multi millionaire and never been a head coach, I wouldn't worry either about the temperature of the seat, I could get fired and live off of the interest the rest of my life, even if my "Luck" did run out. Salary should be based on wins and salary deducted for losses.