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Signed: Darrion Henry

Darrion Henry is a Top 100 national prospect.
Darrion Henry is a Top 100 national prospect. (Nick Lucero/

Ohio State identified Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton defensive lineman Darrion Henry very early on, offering the talented prospect before his junior season. The presumed leader for the entirety of his recruitment, Henry spent about a year doing his research on numerous programs from LSU and Tennessee to hometown Cincinnati.

But it was the Buckeyes who won out over the summer when Henry announced his pledge. Henry didn't just let his childhood fondness for Ohio State direct his recruitment. He went out and saw other places and kept an open mind. Ultimately Ohio State was the best fit for more than just the name on the jersey.

"I love the brotherhood at Ohio State," Henry said of his signing. "I love the plan Coach J has for me, and I can’t wait to put on for my home state."

Henry is the No. 2 ranked prospect in the state of Ohio for the 2020 class, the No. 3 strongside defensive end in the nation, and the No. 61 overall prospect in the Rivals100.


Givler's Thoughts

Henry is one of the more physically talented prospects in this Ohio State class and after a tough off-season spent recovering from shoulder surgery, he played by far the best football of his career as a senior. That is very encouraging news for the Buckeyes who saw a lot of upside in Henry early in his career and that is now being validated with the production and consistent dominance.

There are a lot of questions about whether Henry can stay on the outside or move inside to the three-technique and that should be answered fairly early in Henry's career as the staff sees how his body responds to the strength and conditioning program.