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Prospect watch: Aliquippa's Dravon Henry a defensive draw

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Aliquippa's Dravon Henry eludes Beaver Falls' Trey Hall during the third quarter Friday September 9, 2011 at Reeves Field.

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Sunday, June 24, 2012, 12:01 a.m.


6-foot, 185 pounds, RB-S, Aliquippa

Dravon Henry knows his reputation is as a running back, one who rushed for 1,465 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore for the WPIAL Class AA champions.

There's a reason Henry has an entire highlight video dedicated to his defensive plays. He led the WPIAL with nine interceptions, and his highlights feature him zig-zagging through opponents to return three for touchdowns and two others inside the 10-yard line.

“Most likely, I want to go to college to play safety,” Henry said. “I'm going to keep contributing on offense in high school, do the best I can do to win a state championship. You see guys like Darrelle Revis and Ty Law who went to college as a DB. I want to do that, too.”

Henry already has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Kent State, Maryland, Michigan State, Rutgers and West Virginia. He has Division-I lineage, counting Arno “Chad” Askew as an uncle and Revis, Charles Fisher and Dionte Henry among his first cousins.

“They teach me little things: backpedaling, getting out of breaks faster, how to attack the ball in the air better,” Henry said. “One day, I'm hoping to follow in their footsteps.”

Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac believes it's too early to compare Henry to past Quips greats, but notes that he was talented enough to start as a freshman and play a starring role last fall, when he was the only sophomore selected to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.

“He has a great, intuitive attitude plus he's very strong,” Zmijanac said. “To play that position and do well at it, you have to be physical. I think that's his best attribute right now.”

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