Surprise! Ex-UGA commit Derrick Henry to attend ‘Dawg Night’

UGA got some good news about Derrick Henry, the 5-star tailback who de-committed from the Bulldogs recently after visiting his new favorite school, Alabama.

Henry announced on Twitter that he will be attending “Dawg Night” prospect camp on Friday.

Dawg Night Friday ! With all my boys

A few days ago at Nike’s The Opening all-star camp, Henry confirmed again that Alabama is his leader, with UGA as the runner-up. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder from Yulee, Fla., will make his final college decision in December, and then enroll early in college the following month.

Despite the fact that UGA still trails Alabama, Henry’s appearance at “Dawg Night” can’t be anything but good news for the Bulldogs.

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It was at last year’s “Dawg Night” that Henry made his surprising commitment.

After de-committing from UGA last month, some speculated that Henry would’ve committed to Alabama by now, or at least focus his sole attention on the Crimson Tide. There were some doubts that Henry would even show up on UGA’s campus again after the change of heart.

But Henry said he will be at “Dawg Night” – giving UGA’s coaches a prime opportunity to court him again.

“It gives Georgia a chance to get one of the top running back prospects on campus, and around several other of the Georgia commitments he has grown close to over the past year,” ESPN’s Kipp Adams said. “It was in that same situation that he decided to commit last year at Dawg Night.

Ex-UGA recruit Derrick Henry (247sports.com)

Ex-UGA recruit Derrick Henry (247sports.com)

“Henry has grown close to guys like [UGA commits] Tray Matthews, Brice Ramsey and Tramel Terry. It keeps the Bulldogs in the race. Obviously, Alabama is going to be difficult to beat because they really impressed him when he visited, and gave him enough to think to de-commit [from UGA] and name Alabama as his leader. But adding him to [Alabama’s] commitment class at this point would be a premature.

“There’s still 5-6 months to go before Derrick enrolls early. I would never count any school out in recruiting. Getting a prospect on campus is immeasurable, as far as what impact it could have on their decision.”

Said 247Sports’ Rusty Mansell, “I think it’s a pretty big deal for Georgia — to get him up there, and get him around guys like Brice Ramsey, Tramel Terry and all those guys. He’s an early enrollee, so there’s only so many times he’s going to be able to visit before he makes his final decision. Any time that Georgia gets Derrick Henry on campus, that’s a plus for them.”

What are your thoughts? Is UGA back in the hunt? Do they have a chance to take away the lead from Alabama? Please post below.

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The Stew

July 10th, 2012
11:51 pm

The Stew

July 10th, 2012
11:53 pm

We would love to have him back in the fold. Hopefully, he will remember what he fell in love with in the first place this weekend.

Crimson Crush

July 10th, 2012
11:57 pm

Derrick Henry sucks and UGA doesn’t need him any way … Many people have told us as much already … repeatedly … in these very comment sections :-)

The Bear

July 11th, 2012
12:03 am

Wow watch how this kid becomes UGAs next running back and favorite recruit by the same people 2 weeks ago would not give him the time of day. Good luck to the kid who ever he decides to sign with.

Doc

July 11th, 2012
12:09 am

Robert Nkemdiche quoted in the New York Times that he wanted Clemson to offer Ryan Carter. ““I was like ‘Man, I’ve got to get you up there,’ ” Nkemdiche said. “ ‘I can’t leave you out.’ ”

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Will Robert go on Twitter and say “I don’t like the way the New York Times twisted up my words” … and then say he never said any of this, and that the New York Times will do anything for a story?

For the record, I admire the kid for trying to help out his friends. But he needs to stick to his story.

Red Dog 77

July 11th, 2012
12:12 am

Yeah Crimson Crush it sounds just like what we heard from the Roll Tards when he was committed to UGA. Funny how that works.

WrenPlaya

July 11th, 2012
12:13 am

Follow the NFL 1st rounders Ingram and Richardson.

Who has Richt sent 1st round as back in the last 3 or 4 years?

Baloneyismyfirstname!

July 11th, 2012
12:22 am

Moreno, stafford, green

NH Gamecock

July 11th, 2012
12:22 am

Im waiting to read these comments lol. Like someone said watch how these fans react now. And if he goes to Bama watch the replies.

These are 17\18 year old kids, they have to decide where they want to spend the next 4-5 years at we shouldnt force them to come to our school or anything like that. Let them decide on there own and Please stop with all the bad comments just because he want to attend another university.

We are adults………

7576DAWG

July 11th, 2012
12:30 am

The best way to get Henry and a few other fence sitters is for Georgia to win games. I would think if Georgia won at least 12 games and win their bowl game that would be enough to sway more than one that Georgia is the place to be. If it was me as one of these fence sitters I would want to see Mark Richt and Bobo out coach some of the better coaches for a change like Spurrier or Saban or Miles depending on who we play in the SEC Championship.
For me I think there are two critical games that we need to win . First , South Carolina. I hate to beat a team as bad as we beat South Carolina last year but lose the game because we had no leadership. The other game that is a must win is the Florida game to prove last year wasn’t just luck or a fluke and a lot of people do think we were very lucky to have won that game.
How Georgia does on the field will affect recruiting so until the season is over I wouldn’t get too excited just yet.

DD1

July 11th, 2012
12:31 am

Nkemdiche, you going to blast the NYT, too? :)

BigDawg!

July 11th, 2012
12:48 am

There you go Baloney. Might as well add Jarvis Jones to that list. He’s a sure 1st rounder this year along with maybe a couple others. We’ve had just as much nfl draft success as you guys WrenPlaya, so don’t go that route if you want to bash the dogs. I love when Bama fans bash the Dawgs, it means you’re scared. I mean if you weren’t then there would be no reason to say anything. GO DAWGS!

SEC Fact Finder

July 11th, 2012
12:50 am

I could less about where a kid(student-athlete) decides to attend college. So many times we see kids come out of high school with xxxxx number of stars beside their name and they are mature enough to be the player they were in high school.

The real story on recruiting will be the changes that are fast approaching high school athletes to meet the new GPA, Core class requirements prior to their senior years and the standarized test scores. A ton of these kids in the first couple of years of the new standards will be going the JUCO route to get eligible. Once the kids in the classes behind that first couple of classes under the new rules will understand that the academic side is just as important.

After reading an article about the new standards on the horizon, it was stated that up to 27% of this past years classes would have not made the minimums to be eligible.

zbulldawg

July 11th, 2012
1:10 am

LOOK we just dumped one player who thought he was BIGGER than the TEAM ! Why would we mess with another. They are plenty of GREAT running backs in the South east. Crowell was rated No.1 in the country !! Playing this silly game with him is bad for all recruiting ! The program is doing great getting the right TEAM players now. DON”T LET HIS EGO get in the way of that ! Look at Clemson They have a player telling them who to recruit. WHEN WHERE & WHO decided that ONE player will make or break a football team. These players have forgoten how lucky they are to play for these schools ! Henry don’t have a clue how hard it will be to prove to the Bull Dawg nation that he’s worth the trouble. He will get Booed right off the field if he doesn’t blow every body away ! He doesn’t have a clue what kind of fans he’s messing with. We are tired & hungry for some positive things to happen at UGA. There’s alot of senior leadership that WILL NOT put up with his GRAP ! He is making it hard on his self ! We WANT a running back who will run with his legs NOT his MOUTH.

Dirty Dawg

July 11th, 2012
1:22 am

So his Moma says ‘it’s not like he’s trying to get the water boy a free ride’…be careful son, Momma’s gona encourage those ‘waterboys’ at Clemson to spit in your Gatorade…if they haven’t already.

dbc

July 11th, 2012
1:31 am

Tell him to go pi$$ up a bell rope.

dbc

July 11th, 2012
1:41 am

Well said, 7576 and zbulldawg. Sorry for the hasty response, but where in the the what is CMR? He seems to disappear like a phantom during the Summer months when the whole ball unravels. If he let’s this guy, legit or not legit, play games, then he’s no more than his perception in the college football world as a “nice guy” and an “easy mark.” Tell him what’s what and get on with it. Richt needs to do something to tell the world he’s still got it under control. Playing “aw shucks, Derrick” ain’t gonna do a thing. CMR is at a crossroads, more than last year IMO.

Hairy Dawg

July 11th, 2012
1:54 am

I knew it. He is smart enough to know that Dawgs is place to be for winning. Now he just got to come on to Athens to expose his talents and make it to NFL. We are tailback U for reasons with all the greats at UGA that go pro. Now that we cast out that no good bum Crowel we have plenty of playing time for Henry. And don’t forget the ladies in Athens. Dawgs is where he supposed to be to do right thing for state and getting to NFL. Im’ glad he thought and prayed about it to know why Dawgs is best place to play real football. With Henry will be stockpiled for years with NFL talent that got SEC speed. Way to go Henry. Try out some of the ladies in Athens and well be seeing you in red and black.

Go Dawgs!

Dawg III

July 11th, 2012
2:02 am

Nkemdiche …. smh

Crimson Crush

July 11th, 2012
3:42 am

@dbc

Richt can sing Happy Birthday to him . I’ve heard that is a realllll crowd pleaser …

P.S. Haiwy Dawg is one seriously frightening individual :-)

Blackoutanyone?

July 11th, 2012
4:36 am

2014 Five star RB Bo Scarbrough is set to announce his decision July 23rd. I think Bama will land one or both of these guys. Certainly helps UGA’s cause if Henry attends Dwag Night. As others have referenced, I’m sure many UGA fans will now tell us what a great RB prospect Henry is after beating the kid down for several weeks. I pray Bama never hires a coach who would plead, beg and sing Happy Birthday to one of these kids to get a commitment.

Blackoutanyone?

July 11th, 2012
4:41 am

Bo Scarbrough is pretty much a lock to Bama so that may or may not affect Henry’s decision.

Buzz2011

July 11th, 2012
5:07 am

All Tide!! Roll Ride!!

Buzz2011

July 11th, 2012
5:10 am

The kid know that he can’t win at thug U. He wants to be in an upper tier SEC school
like Bama or South Carolina. His parents do not wat him to play with felon type
athlete’s that Richt displays and grows.

See Rock City

July 11th, 2012
6:00 am

Henry’s not going anywhere, he’s a lock at Bama. There’s no way he’s going to flip and settle for going to a school with 3rd rate coaching that has become irrelevant.

Glory between the Hedges

July 11th, 2012
6:24 am

Blackout,
Whether Henry comes to UGA or not, he will be an average running back.

Terry

July 11th, 2012
6:42 am

Crimson Crush and Blackoutanyone?, And Nick Saban can send Henry 105 letters, telling him how much he loves him, like he did with Alvin Kamara, but Saban wouldn’t do something that silly would he? You Bama Fans for get about Saban’s recruiting gimmicks. You Bama Fans and your Delusional disorders. LOL

Terry

July 11th, 2012
6:52 am

See Rock City, That Third rate coaching staff your talking about, has sent more players to the NFL than Bama’s coaching staff, that is what a football players main goal is, is it not?

Destin Dawg

July 11th, 2012
6:57 am

Dawgs are the best choice for Derrick… win THIS season and they will sign up… Best Missouri 1st then S.C. and Florida.. WIN the SEC East.. play one game at a time.. Go Dawgs !!! can’t wait !!

Auburn Grad

July 11th, 2012
6:57 am

It’s hard to believe the fixation we adults have on some full of himself jock.

I’m not sure which needs a reality check. Probably both.

Destin Dawg

July 11th, 2012
6:58 am

Beat ‘em all this season !! Go dawgs !!!! 7 weeks !!

RedandBlackDAWG

July 11th, 2012
7:02 am

Henry will go wherever it is that he can see the field the fastest, and play his three years of minor league football, (NCAA Football), and then move on to the pros.
Buzz.
This kid hasn’t exactly grown up with Ward Cleaver as his dad, so knock it off with the Thug crap. No matter what, he would never consider GT to play for even if he had a 4.0. and the coaches there offered him everything GT had to offer. Exactly what is it they have to offer a football player anyway?

kingdaddy

July 11th, 2012
7:18 am

Its funny how Bama fans criticize CMRs efforts to appeal to a kid, but have no problem with their coaches “antics”, lol.Sending over 100 letters offering schollys isn’t a little bit grandstanding??? Well, not when Nicky does it. Before Derrick, who BTW was a “solid” UGA commit, decommitted, Most of the bama faithful told us everyday, “it doesn’t matter, we got 4 running backs better than him anyway. He’ll play where Saban wants him to play, probably LB,lol.” Bama’s love to criticize UGA and their fans for doing the same things Bama an her fans do, and we do the same thing too, lol…

Destin Dawg

July 11th, 2012
7:27 am

Derrick would end up a 2nd string LB. at Bamer

Barner B. Jones

July 11th, 2012
7:27 am

Henry must decide whether he wants to play for a National Power like Bama, or UF or LSU for that matter, which has proved that it can win NCs? Or is he willing to play for a NC wannabe like Uga, or Clempson or South Carolina, which may never win one? Uga does trump every other team in player miscreants however.

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7:27 am

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Hugh Jass

July 11th, 2012
7:29 am

Henry is deciding early, but UGA will have a better season than Alabama this year on the field and all of a sudden UGA will be the hot recruiting school again.

Bama Fan #2

July 11th, 2012
7:33 am

Saban told Julio Jones that Alabama would win with or with out
you so if Derrick wants to play for Bama, he better tell Saban
I AM ALL BAMA!! The recruiting folks at WoolyAl are saying that
Bo Scarbrough is the best in-state talent since Julio Jones #8
RTR

Brown Dog

July 11th, 2012
7:37 am

He goes where he goes. Kamara will be a very nice fallback plan for the runner-up.

kingdaddy

July 11th, 2012
7:42 am

Buzzzzzz,
How many armed robberies y’all have on GTs campus last night?
BTW, how’s camp wrec-tum going???

kingdaddy

July 11th, 2012
7:49 am

MC
any news on one of Alabama’s best recruit’s commiting to Auburn???

Jimmy Crack

July 11th, 2012
7:53 am

“The greatest trick the Saban ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”

Vampire Bill

July 11th, 2012
7:53 am

He might be going to dawg night to recruit for Bama? Maybe we have more to lose them win here?

1eyedJack

July 11th, 2012
7:55 am

You poor Bama fans say the same thing every day and every time you post. You just have to read the first line and then skip on to the next post.

You Tech fans posing as a Bama or So. Carolina fans are even worse and your obvious envy gives you away.

Meanwhile, Paul Johnson has the personality of a mayonaise sandwich.

Barner B. Jones

July 11th, 2012
7:55 am

kingmama- Why do you ask about “armed robberies”? Were Uga football players seen on the Tech campus last night?

Ole Big Dawg

July 11th, 2012
7:55 am

I think in reality they all reaally want to be Dawgs…I am talking about Henry…the Kamara…Foster….Dawgs keep loading up!

TIDE ROLL

July 11th, 2012
7:57 am

You need ANTHONY JENNINGS to attend Dawg Night. IDIOTS!

old timer

July 11th, 2012
7:59 am

Don’t kid yourself,Henry is gonna be recruiting for Alabama!!!

Barner B. Jones

July 11th, 2012
7:59 am

1eyedJerk- Trust me, Tech fans aren’t envious of Uga’s average success on the football field. Even Tech has four times as many NCs as Uga. If anything, Uga fans are tremendously jealous of the real SEC powers such as Bama, UF and LSU.

special k

July 11th, 2012
7:59 am

You would think UGA would learn their lesson with these premdonna types but nope. Richt is coaching for his life and character of the guys he brings in is not factored in at all.