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.
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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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