It was a great game, a great finish between South Fayette and Aliquippa on Saturday night. In the end, the Lions held on for a 34-28 win over the Quips.
For four-star corner Dravon Henry, not the way he would have liked to end his high school career. But in the moments following his final game in an Aliquippa uniform, already a lot of fine points he was willing to talk about.
"My four years here, I've been playing since my freshman year," Henry said. "Words can't explain it. It hurts. I grew up here. It hurts so much. I've been here since my freshman year. I learned so much. I've got bigger plans. I'm going to go off to college, and hopefully do something there."
"Their character, their attitude, their work ethic," head coach Mike Zmijanic said of his senior class. "They're all fine young men."
Henry finished with 68 yards on 19 carries, a reception for five yards, and five tackles on defense.
Even after a tough loss, echoing Zmijanic's comments about Henry's character, the four-star prospect took some time to comment on the list of schools he has in his top five.
Henry has declared a top five--Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Maryland, Miami and Louisville. West Virginia would appear to get the last shot at him, but he couldn't confirm a date of his official visit."
Defensive backs coach Tony Gibson has been a big part of Henry's recruiting process overall.
"Coach Gibson, he even called me before the game, that's how close we are," Henry said. "I am probably going to take a visit there in January."
Maryland is one of the more recent entries in the Henry sweepstakes. Henry credits a strong relationship with Greg Gattuso, in building his interest in Maryland.
"Coach Greg (Gattuso), I've talked with him, he came to our school," Henry said. "I'm going to take an official visit there. I have nothing but time, now. He seems like a eally nice dude. I've talked with him a couple times. I'm developing a relationship with him."
Miami is another school that jumped into the top five. He compared Miami's winning attitude to that of his high school team.
"Miami, that's a big school, it reminds me of Aliquippa," Henry said. "I watch them play, and it just reminds me of Aliquippa."
As for Louisville jumping in the mix, he says the Cardinals were the next school in line after Ohio State stopped recruiting him. He explained how that fell into place.
"I say it was more, or much my fault (Ohio State stopping recruiting him)," Henry said. "I didn't keep in touch with them as much as I did the other schools. Then, I realized they stopped keeping in touch with me because [Malik] Hooker committed, from New Castle. They wanted me or him to commit, and he committed before me. I had to drop them."
As for when the rest of those official visit dates will be finalized?
"I'm not for sure, but I'll probably post a tweet or something," Henry said.
When asked about Pitt, Henry cited a few reasons that the hometown school is on his top five.
"I'm close to home, backyard college football, so why not," Henry said.
He didn't say that location was the single-most important part of his recruitment, but it's up there.
"It plays a part, but my mom, she mom has been coming to my games since I was little," Henry said. "They got a good staff. Me and coach [Matt] House, we got a good relationship. That's it pretty much."