Should UGA be worried about having its top recruit visit Alabama this year?
The top recruit is 5-star tailback Derrick Henry, who has been committed to UGA since last summer.
Just like about any elite recruit that commits early, Henry has continued to be pursued by other colleges and has even visited a few, including Florida and, more recently, Tennessee.
However, Henry’s impending trip to Alabama has many UGA fans in a frenzy. Why is that? Yes, some of it has to do with the presence of Nick Saban, who is considered to be college football’s best combination of coach and chief recruiter.
But it’s more than that. A lot of the concern has to do with comments that Henry made to several recruiting websites, telling Scout that he talked to his high school coach and “we feel like Alabama is the place to go.” He also added that his UGA commitment “[is] not as solid as it was. I am really open …”
What’s really bothersome to UGA fans is that Henry made the strong comments around two weeks ago, and he hasn’t really backed away from them. Yes, he’s serious.
So what do you think: Should UGA be worried about Henry’s Alabama visit? Will Saban win him over? Or do you think Henry will be sold more than ever on UGA after the trip?
A couple of other items to throw out there while we’re around the water cooler: There are rumblings that if Henry does flip to Alabama, it could cause a chain reaction or domino effect with elite tailbacks, like you often see with quarterbacks. In other words, if Henry flips, UGA still could end up with a top running back because of the flip. There’s lot of names floating around in that rumor.
Also, UGA still may have a trump card with Brice Ramsey, the Camden County QB who is committed to the Bulldogs. Ramsey has helped UGA with the recruitment of two other commitments – WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., and his Camden County teammate, WR-DB-RB JJ Green. Ramsey is also friends with Henry.
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