Derrick Henry: UGA’s top recruit de-commits from the Bulldogs (UPDATED)



UGA’s top football recruit de-committed from the Bulldogs on Wednesday.

Derrick Henry, the 5-star tailback from Yulee, Fla., released a statement to recruiting reporters that he was backing off his UGA commitment from last summer.

Henry said he decided to re-open his recruiting because “I was probably a little too quick in making my initial decision and got caught up in the moment, so I apologize for that.”

Henry’s change of heart came after he spent a few days with Alabama’s Nick Saban on an unofficial visit last weekend.

UGA's top recruit, RB Derrick Henry, has de-committed from the Bulldogs (247sports.com)

UGA's top recruit, RB Derrick Henry, has de-committed from the Bulldogs (247sports.com)

If there’s any good news for UGA, it’s that Henry claims he is still considering the Bulldogs as he moves forward.

Here’s the statement:

“This has been a great experience getting to know so many great coaches and visiting some of the best college football programs in the country. Even though I’ve worked really hard to put myself in this situation, I know I’m blessed to have this opportunity I’m very thankful for that.

“For me personally, this is one of the biggest decisions I’ll make in my life and probably the most important to this point. I want to be 100 percent sure I am making the best choice on where I go to college and to play football. I’m going to open up my recruitment and take some more visits, get as much information as I can, and then decide from there. I was probably a little too quick in making my initial decision and got caught up in the moment so I apologize for that. I’m still considering Georgia and I have nothing but great things to say about their program, but I want to be honest with everyone in the fact that I am going to go over all my options and do what is best for me and my athletic and academic career.

“For the rest of the summer, I am focusing on helping my team have the best season that we can have and achieve our team goals. Please refer any questions about my recruitment to my head coach. I’m not sure when I’ll make a final announcement, but when I have no doubts at all about where I’m going, I’ll let everyone know.

What’s next for UGA? With Henry’s decision, the Bulldogs drop down to 19 commitments for their 2013 class. He was the team’s only commitment at running back. UGA will likely turn up the intensity with other RB targets, including Alvin Kamara of Norcross High School. They will also continue to pursue Walton High School’s Tyren Jones, who is committed to Alabama — and told the AJC he would remain with the Crimson Tide even if Derrick Henry committed there, too.

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668 comments Add your comment

DawgsFanInIn

June 13th, 2012
4:10 pm

Any man that refers to another man as lord really has their priorities in the wrong place.

Game Changer

June 13th, 2012
4:10 pm

To you Alabama posters, this decision was made many many weeks ago, the decommit has nothing to do with this past weeks visit.

Frank Lane

June 13th, 2012
4:11 pm

UGA will win the BCS this year and hopefully our class will be full with no room for Henry to change his mind. He is the real deal though.

Maconbulldog

June 13th, 2012
4:11 pm

yeah wet willie that is only six….you are 4 shy.. I see why you keep on smiling , pass over to me whatever you are drinking on over there

Georgie

June 13th, 2012
4:11 pm

If UGA doesn’t want a recuit thats a 100% then why would they go after Rueben who’s 0%?? Or if its such a crappy thing to decommit to a program because its not honorable then why go after Rueben? Just saying…

Frank Lane

June 13th, 2012
4:12 pm

Remember Derrick committed before we signed Marshall or Gurley Of course he is going to reassess. He should.

ct

June 13th, 2012
4:13 pm

so i guest all u saban nut riders callin him lord saban lol smh to u all i see yall took the blood oath

tide roll

June 13th, 2012
4:13 pm

Wants to run behind Brandon Greene and Chance Warmack, instead of David Andrews and Kolton Houston. Do you blame him? Richt/Bobo were going to use him like a battering ram, in hopes that he would offset your private school offensive line. Richt has had every opportunity to recruit legitimate athletic IN-STATE offensive lineman like Brandon Greene, Chance Warmack, JuJuan James, Max Garcia, Joshua Outlaw, Shamire Devine, Jeremi Hall and Joe Harris, and REFUSES to do so. This serves you right. In fact, backs like Marshall and Gurley made the mistake of falling for his Christian crap when they should have been lookig at who’s going to be blocking for them.

Crimson Crush

June 13th, 2012
4:13 pm

Look … the Dawgs don’t need Tyren Jones , Derrick Henry OR Alvin Kamara . They signed Herskel Walker back when Jimmay Carter was the man in the White House so they are full up at running back in Athens :-)

DawginLex

June 13th, 2012
4:14 pm

This kid is getting a lot of bad advice and a lot of people are lying to him

I say Richt should meet with him and ask him “what are you doing?”

If he gets a non-committal response, move on to other running backs.

He is probably going to commit to Tennessee to be the man and will flip again when Derek Dooley gets fired mid-season.

bsg3003

June 13th, 2012
4:15 pm

I think it’s funny when people say “if he isn’t 100% dawg then we don’t need him” then turn right around and say, “Lets get Reuben Foster to decommitt from bama.”

Reuben Foster obviously isn’t 100% dawg so should we stop recruiting him altogether? If he was 100% dawg Reuben would have decommitted from Bama the second he was graced by Richt’s presence.

Stank Wren

June 13th, 2012
4:15 pm

Not shocking news here; been expecting this for weeks. Kid is too big to be an elite running back in the SEC. The only comparable SEC back that I can recall is Brandon Jacobs and he had one season of decent success at Awburn. I’m sure he is a great athlete and will find success at another position but I don’t see it running the ball.

Bammers – He may wind up in T-town but I don’t see ink on the paper yet. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

DawgsFanInIn

June 13th, 2012
4:16 pm

Crimson Crush

June 13th, 2012
4:17 pm

@DawginLex

Richt can sing Happy Birthday to Henry and offer to jump in the fake spray tan booth with him …

Forever Dawg

June 13th, 2012
4:18 pm

Has every Redneck Bammer fan come out today? NO CLASS! DH did not say he was going to Bama, just considering all his options. You guy’s have less class than Florida or Auburn fans. What excuse are you going to make when he chooses someone beside your Redneck school?

bsg3003

June 13th, 2012
4:18 pm

Anyways we are good. We are pretty stacked at RB and LB, so the loss won’t be so severe especially if we fill his spot with kamara, If he was an OL recruit than i might have a BIG problem with this, but as it is, we can recover from his decommitment

Destin Dawg

June 13th, 2012
4:18 pm

lots of pressure on these 17 year olds.. too much.. Derrick go where you feel comfortable… good luck in sports and life after sports !!

Jonkdawg

June 13th, 2012
4:19 pm

I was right ..do you know why he quit us? coz he is scared competitions alright!

Joke of the Day..

June 13th, 2012
4:20 pm

Maybe he will consider Georgia Tech

NO ONE CARES

June 13th, 2012
4:20 pm

Yeah, let him move on to Bama. He’ll just compete, and maybe send the real recruit we wanted (Jones) our way. I mean.. he’s a heavy RB, ain’t gonna cut it with the speed in college… 240 too large, he’ll play FB or something and UGA just snagged one of the best in the country.

GO DAWGS

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 13th, 2012
4:20 pm

Bama doesn’t have a fullback…only the back azz offense like UGA have a fullback but thanks for playing.

I am a bit disapointed in this meltdown but again it’s only 4 PM and the real dogs are at work while you slackers and old farts don’t contribute much nor do you have much of a sense of humor. We all need a sense of humor based on what we have in the white house….just saying

Maconbulldog

June 13th, 2012
4:21 pm

NOT to cause anymore doom and gloom HAS anyone heard about Shaq Wiggins??? ?!?!?!?!?!? maybe you “INSIDERS” have some information

DawginLex

June 13th, 2012
4:21 pm

crimson crush

And Saban can stand on a stool to actually be able to look Henry in the eye

secbama

June 13th, 2012
4:22 pm

Sorry Bullpuppies, Henry wants to wear Crimson:) ROLL TIDE!

P.S. Please wear black-out jerseys in SEC Championship this year and make Saban angry again so he can open up a 30-0 lead in the first 18 minutes of the game like he did last time he came to Athens.

Joke of the Day..

June 13th, 2012
4:23 pm

“Has every Redneck Bammer fan come out today”

The first shift at the dog food factory just got off work and all the bammers are checking the AJC on the company computers before they head home to their trailers

Coach

June 13th, 2012
4:23 pm

BAMA bound! Case closed. ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

June 13th, 2012
4:23 pm

Who really gives a rip what this kid ends up doing. Plenty of talent willing to come and play for the Dawgs and no telling what his kid future holds. Dawgs will be just fine if he doesnt end up in Athens.

tide roll

June 13th, 2012
4:24 pm

Have you seen where Richt has allowed McVegtable to add a provision in his contract that requires the recruitment of JUCOs to be “kept to a minimum” and that McGarity has the right to ” review” those recruited. Stinks to high heaven of Vince Dooley, doesn’t it? Just another ploy to exclude deserving black athletes. What kind of gutless head coach would allow this to be put in his contact?. I hope every black JUCO football player in America bands together and forms a class to sue your ass for descrimnation. BECAUSE THAT”S WHAT IT IS. What a joke of a football program.

DawginLex

June 13th, 2012
4:24 pm

Last 10 SEC champions

Georgia 2
LSU 2
Bama 2
Auburn 2
florida 2

Where was Bama those other 8 years since “Bama always plays for titles?”

Hmmm????

Game Changer

June 13th, 2012
4:24 pm

Hey dawginlex

Go ahead and apologize, you said no way, laugh at you all the time

Some more bad news for you on this decommit, the thought of Tunsil coming to UGA is now at about ZERO.

Rick James

June 13th, 2012
4:24 pm

Great..Now let’s move on to someone else.This means that Georgia wont have to overcome the Derrick Henry objections when recruiting other backs.Crowell,Samuel and Malcome are back along with two of the top high school running backs in the nation from last year.This is not an attractive situation to any recruit with an once of ego.Georgia will be fine with or without him.

Kiss The Rings

June 13th, 2012
4:25 pm

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 13th, 2012
4:25 pm

Nick is tall enough to see into our trophy case sport! Can I get an Amen! Henry is in at Bama but don’t expect and public commit NO time soon. Nick doesn’t play that game even though…even though he would spend a lot of time with a QB in order to get a commit from another if you get my drift.

DawginLex

June 13th, 2012
4:25 pm

game changer

you are an immature a$$wipe

We all laugh at you

You are a Richt hater that is all

If you think recruits de-committing is a rare thing, you really are dumber than even we all thought you were.

You make me ashamed to be in the same fanbase with you

Fat Albert

June 13th, 2012
4:27 pm

Hey, hey, hey…..smart money says Saban is gone from Bama before Richt ever leaves UGA…..Hey, hey, hey!

ryan

June 13th, 2012
4:28 pm

OK Game Changer the world is coming to end you sure don’t sound like a true dawg fan because we loose one recruit its all over .

CMR

June 13th, 2012
4:28 pm

Pulled his offer after he had that picture in an Alabama jersey.

Big Wally Butts

June 13th, 2012
4:28 pm

I must have missed the part of the announcement where Henry committed to Alabama. Is everybody on here a troll?

Sorry, I got better things to do. AJC has a problem with you geniuses.

Bronc

June 13th, 2012
4:28 pm

These simple minded guys have to much power for this issue…without football skills they would be another ditch digger or drug runner.. really sad Universities must spend time and money on this..

Real Problem

June 13th, 2012
4:29 pm

Not the end of the world…..end of the world is if we can not get OL and more defensive players for 2013.

Still do not believe that he rolls with the Tide. Alabama has some super backs, but you never know.

Oh, did I mention that we loose EVERYBODY on defense next year. 2013 might just be MR last year at Georgia…..we have problems that 10 NFL running backs would not cure.

Crimson Crush

June 13th, 2012
4:29 pm

@DawginLex

If Saban feels the need to look any player “in the eye” he can just use a pair of platform shoes made out of BCS Crystal :-)

frontrunner

June 13th, 2012
4:30 pm

Don’t discourage Gamecock Changer. It’s funny watching him trip all over himself here with statements like Tramel Terry is having second thoughts at the exact same time the kid is actually on Twitter carrying the UGA torch.

See Rock City

June 13th, 2012
4:31 pm

That Kid is Crimson & White all over, You can smell the stench coming from Athens with all these player hating comments.

Shame on the UGAplantation/penal colony…

DDPO

June 13th, 2012
4:32 pm

Columbus Dog is right. Most of the RB’s will be gone before their senior year, primarily due to the following: arrested for various misdemeanor charges, DUI’s, smoking the ganja, grades, etc.

Go you Ganja Bulldogs!

Jacket Man

June 13th, 2012
4:32 pm

Chris Henry, a 6′6″ 270 lb OT from Crawfordville, FL just committed to the Jackets; he had offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, and Vanderbilt among his approximate 15 offers.

bham dawg

June 13th, 2012
4:33 pm

shaq wiggins is our top recruit according to espn. wonder what site they use to get information at the ajc?

PR

June 13th, 2012
4:34 pm

Give it up Game Changer. Quit acting like a UGA fan. Trammel Terry is NOT going to USCjr

DawginLex

June 13th, 2012
4:36 pm

does Saban sing “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” during every recruiting visit or just the 5 star guys?

GtDawg

June 13th, 2012
4:36 pm

aaaawwww man. And he had so much upside at LB and DE. Welp, Let the season begin. 2012 looks promising. lots of sports services like the Dawgs chances this year and so do I. Go Dawgs!

Douglas

June 13th, 2012
4:37 pm

I’m happy with the RB’s we have. If he wants to look around, let him — I don’t want him on our team if doesn’t want to play here.