WVU recruiting class includes 3 WPIAL stars
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The fax machine in West Virginia's football office whirred to life early Wednesday morning with the arrival of Aliquippa star defensive back/running back Dravon Henry's signed letter of intent.
Henry, the most heavily recruited senior in the WPIAL, became the first of 21 players to sign with the Mountaineers on the first day that high school players could make their college choices official.
“I was excited to see the first fax come in at 7:01 a.m.,” WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Dravon Henry gets the first-of-the-day award, and it was awesome to see that.”
Henry, recruited by every major program in the country — including Pitt, Penn State, Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida State, Michigan and Ohio State — was a two-time PIAA Class AA all-state performer. He received a four-star rating from Rivals and Scout, one of two four-star recruits to sign with the Mountaineers.
Henry, who is expected to play defense in college, finished with 5,454 rushing yards.
West Virginia's other four-star recruit, running back Donte Thomas-Williams from Durham, N.C., selected the Mountaineers over Vanderbilt, Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State and UCLA, among others.
“One of our best targets at running back,” Holgorsen said. “He has a ton of upside.”
Aliquippa defensive end Jaleel Fields and Gateway receiver Ricky Rogers also signed with the Mountaineers. Rogers, looking to get an early start in a crowded receiver field, enrolled last month.
William Crest of Dunbar (Baltimore) was rated the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals and hopes to follow in the footsteps of WVU record-setting quarterback Geno Smith, who started every game for the New York Jets as a rookie.
“He has been coming here for three years and building a relationship with Geno,” Holgorsen said.
WVU signed six junior college players. A year ago, the Mountaineers welcomed seven junior college transfers.
“Last year we needed to upgrade talent immediately,” Holgorsen said. “Starting next year, hopefully, we won't have to go after junior college guys as much.”
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