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What did D'Vante Henry like about West Virginia? "Everything!"

When asked to highlight a few things that helped him make West Virginia his choice, D'Vante Henry couldn't narrow down the field.

"I really liked everything about it," the well-spoken linebacker said after committing to WVU. "I just felt comfortable there. The players made me feel at home, and when I visited, it almost felt like I was the only one there."

Henry also liked West Virginia's defensive scheme, and the way it fits his talents.

"The scheme is different from any of the other schools that recruited me," the pass-rushing defender said. "The buck position they have is a pass rusher, and that's what I do best. I really fit well at that position, and they'll use me rushing the passer."

Henry has played just about every position on defense before settling on outside linebacker. In high school, he played safety as a sophomore, cornerback as a junior and outside linebacker as a senior. After enrolling at Arizona Western, he moved to defensive end, where he developed his pass rushing skills and caught the eye of several recruiters.

"I liked being a defensive back, because I got a lot of hits there," he said. "But once i moved to linebacker, I knew that was the position for me. There's no position better than linebacker. I wouldn't play anywhere else."

Henry's love for the spot fits West Virginia's plans for him. the mountaineers will hope to unleash his pass-rushing skills at the buck position -- an assignment he is looking forward to. The only question is when.

"I came close to graduating [in December]," but there were a couple of classes that I couldn't get, so I will take those and graduate in May," he related. "Coach Slaughter talked to me about a redshirt my first year, and I've been thinking about that. He said that by taking a redshirt I could get accustomed to being in West Virginia and being a student athlete, and that I've have a year to help get my body ready. Ultimately he said the decision is up to me, but I'm not against it right now."

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