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Tennessee makes the cut for four-star defensive lineman Darrion Henry

Can the Vols beat out Ohio State?

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Tennessee’s search for impact front seven players has brought them to Cincinnati, Ohio, where the Vols have landed in the top six choices for four-star defensive lineman Darrion Henry.

Tennessee is joined by Kentucky, Cincinnati, Ohio State, LSU and Georgia.

The 6-6, 260 pound defensive lineman is ranked 56th overall in the 2020 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He’s the second ranked player out of Ohio and the third ranked strong-side defensive end prospect in the nation.

Henry is a part of a trio of Cincinnati prospects, each of whom Tennessee has been involved with. Five-star tackle Paris Johnson Jr. and four-star linebacker Jaheim Thomas have each been connected to Henry. Each seem to have Ohio State as their leaders for now.

Henry has visited Knoxville twice since the new calendar year began. Georgia came in with a late offer this spring and managed to hop in his final six choices. However, as mentioned above, Ohio State is the leader in the clubhouse. The Buckeyes are 12 for 12 on crystal ball projections to this point, according to 247 Sports.

On the field, Henry is a type of player that Tennessee needs more of. An impact defender with length, Henry comes from the inside and outside to cause disruption and get after the quarterback. He flashes some power and quickness, along with a variety of moves to come free off of blockers. He even played a little tight end on the offensive side of the ball.