Darrion Henry, a 4-star defensive end prospect in the class of 2020 just included Ohio State in his list of top schools. He tweeted out his Top 6, which also includes Kentucky, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Georgia, and LSU.
TOP 6️⃣ pic.twitter.com/7EwgDXC7K8
— D Hen🤡 (@darrion_henry) April 29, 2019
The news isn’t exactly a surprise, but it certainly beats the alternative for the Buckeyes.
Henry ranks as the No. 45 overall player in the 2020 class, and the third-best strong side defensive end. He’s the No. 2 player in the state of Ohio behind current OSU commit OT Paris Johnson.
Henry plays for Princeton High School in Cincinnati, and is close with both Johnson and another top OSU recruiting target, 2020 LB Jaheim Thomas.
He also holds offers from schools like Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida State, Michigan, and Penn State.
His junior season highlights (embedded below) show him showcasing a combination of speed and power to dominate opposing linemen.
Henry repeatedly beats double-teams to rack up sacks and tackles for loss.
He also shows off his athletic ability as a tight end, getting downfield to catch crossing routes.
It’s worth noting that he’s doing all of this against some very good competition. Princeton plays in the highest division of Ohio high school football.
His Crystal Ball is currently 100 percent to Ohio State. If he does end up committing to the Buckeyes, he would be just the latest in a string of highly-ranked OSU defensive line prospects.
Assistant coach Larry Johnson has helped bring in six top-50 recruits along the defensive line in the last four recruiting classes. That list includes Zach Harrison (2019), Taron Vincent and Tyreke Smith (2018), Chase Young (2017), Nick Bosa and Jonathon Cooper (2016), and just narrowly misses Tommy Togiai, who was ranked No. 55 overall in 2018.
Johnson and the Buckeyes’ staff has made it a top priority to add Henry’s name to that list. Monday, they took a small step closer to making it happen.