How was the Alabama visit for UGA’s top football recruit?

How did it go with UGA’s top football recruit visiting Alabama over the weekend?

Well, Derrick Henry, the 5-star tailback from Yulee, Fla., remained committed to UGA on Sunday night after returning from his mini-vacation at Alabama.

That appears to be good news for UGA, doesn’t it? However, Henry is keeping people guessing by putting this on Twitter:

“I will make statement soon, after I talk it over with coaches and family”

Henry’s coach at Yulee (Fla.) High School, Bobby Ramsay, made some statements to Dawg247sports (subscription required): He complimented Alabama for its success in winning national championship and putting players in the NFL, said Nick Saban made it clear that Alabama was recruiting Henry at the RB position (and not LB like some have speculated), and said Alabama’s coaches stated “If you tell us not to recruit you, we won’t recruit you, but otherwise we’re going to recruit you.”

The photo that UGA fans cringe to see. 5-star RB Derrick Henry tweeted this picture of him wearing an Alabama jersey, asking "What do you think?"

The photo that UGA fans cringe to see. 5-star RB Derrick Henry tweeted this picture of him wearing an Alabama jersey, asking "What do you think?"

Henry’s coach has also had some other nice things to say about Alabama recently.

Finally, when will Henry make his highly-anticipated statement? There’s no telling but he just may do it on his Twitter account that you can check it here.

Now to the big question: Should UGA be worried after Henry’s visit to Alabama? Please post below.

What a busy weekend. Let’s hit some of the high spots:

WEEKEND WRAP

  • UGA got commitment No. 20, beating out Georgia Tech in a rare head-to-head showdown for a top in-state prospect. Lots of twists and turns in this one (click here to read more). He’s the son of a former Georgia Tech football star, seemed to almost write UGA off his list at one point because they weren’t keeping in touch on a regular basis, was rumored to be on the brink of committing to Georgia Tech, and then went public with his week-old decision in favor of UGA on Saturday. Here’s the full recap.
  • Nick Saban finally got himself a Georgia QB. This year’s class is one of the best ever out of the state, and Saban has been in hot pursuit. He had a 90-minute Skype conversation with Brice Ramsey, who remains committed to UGA. Alabama also made offers to Marietta’s Anthony Jennings (committed to LSU) and Cedar Grove’s Johnathon McCrary (Vanderbilt). Well, one of Georgia’s best has finally committed to Alabama and it’s … (click here)
  • Steve Spurrier was really, really happy about signing 12 players out of the state of Georgia last year and he may get just as many this February. The Gamecocks got two commitments over the weekend, including the surprising decision of Camden County OL JP Vonashek, who has two teammates committed to UGA. Vonashek appeared to be on the brink of pledging to UGA only a couple of months ago. What’s the story?
  • Just in case you forgot about Robert Nkemdiche, his Grayson teammate committed to a Pac-12 school on Friday night. Friday night? Yes. Will Robert be going with him? You know how those conspiracy theories work. Not likely here, though.
  • Georgia Tech had one of its football camps over the weekend, and Paul Johnson explains what he gets out the summer sessions.
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513 comments Add your comment

Maconbulldog

June 11th, 2012
3:28 am

Maconbulldog

June 11th, 2012
3:30 am

well like I said…. I would like to see him in Red and Black but if he goes to Bama…..good for him . I hope he makes the best of it. I wish Bama luck for their 2012 season as well. Hello to Crimson Crush btw

TX Dawg

June 11th, 2012
3:35 am

Derrick, if you are reading this, I hope you talk to your parents and coaches about keeping your promise to sign with Georgia and play for a fine Christian man like coach Richt. He is a man of integrity and honesty. He cares more about as a person and is a role model. If you get injured your senior year, coach Richt will honor your scholarship. May God bless you.

the truth

June 11th, 2012
3:57 am

we have all been up a little too late, apparently

A-Ville Ranger

June 11th, 2012
4:24 am

Henry is flipping, no doubt about it. It has been pretty obvious he was leaning to Bama for 6 weeks or so. He just have to make it formal that he’s Bama bound.

Buzz2011

June 11th, 2012
4:46 am

May switch to GT and run in option scheme for CPJ..

Dan Smith

June 11th, 2012
4:47 am

I don’t know if this is that bad. Granted, most recruiting services rank Henry as our highest rated player. Now, it will hurt loosing him (which obviously looks to become a reality soon) but let’s not get worked up over one player. We just got Naim Mustaffa so that will sweeten the loss. Also, pretty sure the last time we got a young, impressive looking, physical athlete and with this player came the question- linebacker or running back? This sounds like Richard Samuel all over again. Big, physically gifted athlete and also our “best” recruit for his class and our coaching staff turned Richard Samuel into a straight up and down downhill runner. Now, that just doesn’t compute. Good teammate, likable guy or not. Richard Samuel has been a bust for how highly rated he was. And with the quality and quantity we already have in our backfield, let him go. I’d much rather see us get a big athletic pass rusher that Grantham can teach instead of another Richard Samuel.

Maconbulldog

June 11th, 2012
4:54 am

why are we up this late…. I am at the Fire station…. people calling 9-1-1 and won’t let me sleep and what not ( j/k) but really Who else is a awesome back that could replace him that we have not got?

Victorious Sakrete

June 11th, 2012
5:22 am

Dan Smith is no more an UGA fan that Fish Fry is.

The coaches did not turn Samuel “into a straight up and down downhill runner.”

That is how he runs-his only natural style.

Run along Dano and polish Satan’s magic wand he uses to cloud your mind.

bubba4dawgs

June 11th, 2012
5:51 am

I think it’s interesting that Derrick didn’t simply jump on the wagon at Alabama! Don’t sell him short! I think he’s a man of his word which says more than you can say about Sabin. When a player gives his word that he has chosen a particular school, it follows that he should simply stop shopping and live up to his word. Surely, there was enough at UGA in the first place to convince him that this is his place. He will never go wrong with Mark Richt!!! Besides, he has the best and most open door policy for transferring if a player later decides he wants to move! This says everything about the character and integrity of Mark Richt! It would sbe nice if the players live up to the same commitment! GO DAWGS!!!

Flip Hamburgler

June 11th, 2012
5:59 am

He has flipped, trust me.

Dewnsav

June 11th, 2012
5:59 am

We’ll know where he is going early February, 2013…go dogs

Dan Smith

June 11th, 2012
6:07 am

Victorious Sakrete? What the hell does that even mean? So who do you blame our decline of running back production since Knowshon Moreno? (Tony Ball was running backs coach then) Oh surely it couldn’t be Bryan Mcclendon (who was a receiver in college) who has sunk every single high profile tailback recruit we’ve gotten since he took over as rb’s coach- Caleb King, Richard Samuel (both were blue chip athletes, Ealey. If it’s his “natural style of running” than shouldn’t it be the coach’s job to “fix” it? About your last line………………..wtf are you talking about??? Your referring to satan in a sports blog?? Your comment is no better than TX DOG’s prayer for Henry. Don’t comment if your not going to put decent thought and insight into it.

RedandBlackDAWG

June 11th, 2012
6:10 am

bubba4dawgs,

The problem with these young kids giving their commitment is that they are just 17 year old kids. Really pretty simple. They are enjoying the star light and for many of them, their emotions take over and they make quick decisions, only to regret having done so, later on down the line. Henry is not the first one and surely will not be the last. Players flip all over the place from a verbal commit they gave, from every school, so really, he’s not doing something that is unique for his age group.
Wish the kid luck in the future and I hope he makes the right decision for himself, because he will have 3 or 4 years to live with it and it could shape his future.

Mountain Dawg

June 11th, 2012
6:18 am

We only want guys who want to be DAWGS!

Nick

June 11th, 2012
6:20 am

Actually we will know where he signs before February because I believe he is an early enroll.

Paddy

June 11th, 2012
6:25 am

RedandBlack……sounds like you are saying the recruiting process should be changed. If that was your intension, I am with you. Narrow the window of contact and commit period. It would save a tremendous amount of $ and cut the stress level in half for these parents and kids.

Paddy

June 11th, 2012
6:28 am

Mountain Dawg……you are right, we want dedicated Dawgs. But Derrick still may be a dedicated Dawg and just enjoying the moment.

Gus Walter Dawg Jr.

June 11th, 2012
6:42 am

Mountain Dawg…………Hell yea.

Dog 1XT

June 11th, 2012
6:43 am

saban needs to stop stealing ga recruits—they have enough top RBs and Ga needs some. Richt needs to call saban and tell him to stay out!

Paddy

June 11th, 2012
6:52 am

Dog1XT…..sounds like what happens in a perfect world. But this being America, Saben or any other coach is free to go and talk to anyone they want. Including CMR.

dawgbutt

June 11th, 2012
7:03 am

I only want players that Bama wants

Just Saying

June 11th, 2012
7:18 am

Anyone who criticizes Richard Samuel doesn’t have a “clue” about football!!!

JB

June 11th, 2012
7:26 am

yawn………….good luck to where ever he goes. The woods are full of good backs….and dawgbutt, you are clueless. It seems Saban is showing up on the door step of every UGA commit.

CJJScout

June 11th, 2012
7:26 am

Let him go. You can never have too many RBs, but we are deep there. He has flipped and wants to play for the King of Darkness.

Welcome to the Tide

June 11th, 2012
7:33 am

Expect the announcement this morning.

RTR

bitter coach Grantham

June 11th, 2012
7:38 am

the stable is full at UGA and bamma, this kid had a brain he would go to tenn, or vandy, or tech, ??

UGA is led by boo malcoum and a train full of hunger backs, no room this year

cravell is now trying to jump chip towers for best recruiting writer—-nice work—M.C.

bitter coach Grantham

June 11th, 2012
7:52 am

TROLLS WATCH YOUTUBE OF THE BUFORD GAME AGAINST HENRY LAST YEAR

They shut him down———————————I personnel dont get the 5 star

stars dont rate the heart of a kid, although they got it right with hershal and marcus allen in the 1980 class

bitter coach Grantham

June 11th, 2012
7:56 am

Who cares????O=LINEMAN are the postion of need!!!!—-foolish trolls

I can just see all the bamma trailer tramps coming alive today

they will have se_x with a family member and shoot there guns up in the air

with a rebel yell——————————dirt road trash

bitter coach Grantham

June 11th, 2012
7:59 am

The little USED CAR SALESMAN STrikes again—–for today and today only

MASTER OF THE ONE CALL CLOSE——–SLICK NICK

SECisFootball

June 11th, 2012
8:07 am

Bitter…I love how we can take one game from a kid in high school against a very good defense and through that, determine that he is not very good. Most sites have him as a 5 star but I guess since you dont think he is any good, we should just trust you. I watched some youtube clips from the Milton-Walton game last year. Carl Lawson, 5 star commit headed to AU, didnt have a great game. I guess we can determine he too will be a bust.

I bet if Henry wasn’t considering Alabama, there would be no talk of that Buford game. I also bet he would go back to being a better RB than Jones and Tenpenny. I mean, he was according to UGA fans prior to his interest in Alabama.

Flip Hamburgler

June 11th, 2012
8:11 am

Hey bitter old man, that used car salesman owns 3 national championship rings and has produced numerous first round picks.Now go back to working your bulldog lipstick with your cousin loser.

VA DAWG

June 11th, 2012
8:11 am

Honestly tired of the drama, at this point I hope he goes to bama and we can concentrate on other recruits especially ones that want to be DAWGS. One recruiting will not make or break a team. Good luck to the kid, I hope he has a successful career.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 11th, 2012
8:14 am

Let’s see. Henry goes to Alabama. While there, tweets pictures of him holding a wad of cash and the new Jordan shoes. Then does a cover-up tweet about how having 12 aunts gave him the money for the shoes. Aunt Saban is now his favorite relative.

VA DAWG

June 11th, 2012
8:15 am

*recruit, not recruiting…..darn auto fill.

kingdaddy

June 11th, 2012
8:15 am

The thing that upsets me is HE SAID HE WAS ALL DAWG! Coach Richt turned down some really good RBs because he TRUSTED DERRICKS WORD! If Derrick (who loves UGA with all his heart) flips, where does that leave us? It leaves us scrambling with more egg on our face! Some of you guys can be all “hey, its no big deal “, but this makes CMR look ineffective. Did he TOTALLY TRUST DERRICK to honor his commit, or has he finally learned his lesson and has a PLAN B???

Dap01

June 11th, 2012
8:18 am

Mr. Henry, you can trust Saban, he is a man of his word. He never lies. He may even stay committed to you if you get hurt. He will get your girlfriend a job in the athletics department. He will step over you if you need CPR but someone else will probably help you.

Character don’t matter!

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 11th, 2012
8:19 am

Tenpenny=Tren 2.0
Jones-Mark 2.0
Henry= I have no damn clue

If Nick and staff think he is a playa then “that is all I need to know” said Kenny Chesney.

Beast from the East

June 11th, 2012
8:20 am

He appears to be torn between the two. My money would on UA, unless UGA can get him up for another visit. Usually when it’s this close, the last visit stands out to them the most.

tell me again

June 11th, 2012
8:26 am

yeah, CMR has egg all over his face. Those suckers just keep zooming in while he brings in another top ranked class. Yep, CMR could sure use some recruiting lessons from us!

kingdaddy

June 11th, 2012
8:26 am

La Ti Da= PLAN B? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKING PLAN B!!!

SECisFootball

June 11th, 2012
8:27 am

kingdaddy….”turned down some really good RB’s?” Really? Is that why he is still all over Kamara?

Let me ask you…If UGA were to flip Reuben Foster, who is a HUGE part of our class, would you care where that left Alabama at that position? Would UGA fans be questioning his character and tell us that RF should honor his commitment to Alabama? My guess would be no.

SECisFootball

June 11th, 2012
8:28 am

Beast from the East….regardless of what he announces in his upcoming statement, it will not be over. He will still have his official visits to take and who knows what he would do after that.

Dawg Tired

June 11th, 2012
8:30 am

I quite worrying about what 17 to 18 year old kids do a long time ago.

Rds

June 11th, 2012
8:33 am

If he wants to win championships, he should go to Alabama.

AltamahaDawg

June 11th, 2012
8:39 am

In light of the news out of Auburn this morning, this stuff seem pretty trivial. Well I supposes the intense following of a 17 yr old recruit are always pretty trivial, especially in June.

He’ll figure it out, and it’ll be fine either way. For him and both schools.

kingdaddy

June 11th, 2012
8:39 am

COMMIT: To pledge or bind (a person or organization) to a certin course or policy. To entrust.
Last year it was trusting in OLs, and look what that got us.lol…

Delbert D.

June 11th, 2012
8:42 am

The story on this Henry guy has signing day ball cap shell game written all over it.

AltamahaDawg

June 11th, 2012
8:43 am

Yep, Alabama does win it’s share of championships. But the vast majority of top recruits are not going to be able to sign at Alabama, and not every recruit would see a NC ring during thier career if they did, so obviously that is not the end all.

Thomas Brown

June 11th, 2012
8:43 am

It’s a concern because Derrick Henry is one of our only 2 Top 100 football players nationally to commit to our team with a 3.30 average recruit ranking. Despite comments to the contrary, he is a full-on running back with great speed for a man his size, an accomplished runner whom Nick Saban or Mark Richt would play at running back. Both have depth at the position, although UGA has more depth. Should we lose him on a flip from the official visit last night, our recruiting class shapes up to-date as a poor replacement class for the 14 under 85 signed to play here who are attrition. Far greater attrition, 150% more, than Nick Saban. And, this class would be a poor replacement for the seniors and juniors we have this up-coming 2012 season which includes our entire defense possibly leaving after this season.