Derrick Henry: Alabama beats out Tennessee for ex-UGA commit

Alabama appears to be on the way to another No. 1-ranked recruiting class (AP)

Alabama appears to be on the way to another No. 1-ranked recruiting class (AP)

Onetime UGA recruit, Derrick Henry, finally revealed his highly-anticipation on Friday afternoon.

He’s Alabama bound.

The 5-star RB from Florida’s Yulee High School picked Alabama over runner-up Tennessee, followed by UGA.

It was not a surprise that Henry committed to Alabama, as he had been favoring the Crimson Tide since early last summer.

“The way Coach Saban has his program, the way his players are when they come out, it’s amazing,” Henry told al.com. “My position playing running back with Mark (Ingram) and Trent (Richardson) what they did there and what T.J. (Yeldon) has already done there. The way they run their program, it’s like a business-style program. That’s their mentality and how they approach everything, even in the classroom.”

Henry committed to UGA in the summer of 2010, and stayed loyal to the Bulldogs for nearly a year.

Not only did Henry go from being an UGA commit to Alabama, he’s now aggressively recruiting one of UGA’s top remaining OL targets to roll with him to the Crimson Tide, 5-star Laramey Tunsil of Lake City, Fla.

Here was Henry’s first statement on Twitter after committing on Friday:

ROLL TIDE ROLL ! Hope all the TIDE fans tune tonight ! , Now lets get the recruiting started ! TUNSIL next #Leggooooo ! ##RTR!

UGA has 27 commits for its 2013 football recruiting class, but none at running back. The Bulldogs are targeting Norcross High School’s Alvin Kamara, who lists Alabama and UGA as his co-leaders. UGA is also trying to get a shot at Walton High School’s Tyren Jones, who has been committed to Alabama since last February but said he will take other visits, including one to UGA.

How will Henry’s commitment to Alabama will affect Kamara and Jones? Both have said publicly that it would not influence their college choice but it remains to be seen.

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252 comments Add your comment

redandblack

September 28th, 2012
8:45 pm

I’ve said it many, many times before. When they give the world an enema, Alabama is where they stick it.

What a god awful place……

Blackoutanyone?

September 28th, 2012
8:58 pm

Tampa you know I like giving you a hard time. Must admit I’m shocked at the tough physical manner UF has played with so far this year. I know many expected UT to provide more of a challenge. UF dominated both lines of scrimmage. Interested to see how you guys handle the meat of the schedule.

Bitter Spoiled recruit

September 28th, 2012
9:12 pm

who cares about a kid who got —WAXED by —–BUFORD HIGH SCHOOL—2AA

——————UH!!!!!!—-WHAT—-DUH!!!!!!!!!!—BAMMA TURDS

—-Harey updyke—-trailer tramps—-Just like your coach

—nothing but—-USED CAR SALESMANSHIP——BUY TODAY AND GET A DISCOUNT

————–HENRY EQUALS ——GRAYSHIRT—-BLAHAHAHAHAHAH

glory between the hedges

September 28th, 2012
9:23 pm

Its not like Henry is going to help bama this season. You Bama fans can keep running your mouth because we will see you in the dome the first week in December. I can’t wait! The dome is going to be rocking with red.

Bitter Spoiled recruit

September 28th, 2012
9:28 pm

Add ole henry candybar to the 5stars that go—BUST

—Lst year tood Gurly was ranked 14th best running back in the nation

——–This year—he proves to be the best back in the country

–thats–#1 back–bamma turds—-not yeldon—-no—–its

————-TODD—-be a —GURLY MAN——-

———-GET WRAPPED AROUND THE ——-”G”

Frodo

September 28th, 2012
9:35 pm

Funny how Bama fans have come out of the woodwork in the last 4 years. Prior to that, in my lifetime, you were always SEC West losers. Can’t wait for a couple of years from now when Saban ditches you and I get to deuce all over your peter puffer car window flags. Of course, you’ll be non-existent fans on these boards at that time. Nowhere to be seen. Nowhere to be heard. Enjoy it while it lasts Tuscaloosa. All good things come to end. Ask Boston.

Tommy

September 28th, 2012
9:37 pm

Hey those people who were sitting beside him when he chose Bama were not the ones who paid for his groceries at Yulee Publix, twice. How could that be.

Poopdawg

September 28th, 2012
9:40 pm

Does Henry ever help his school on defense? It seems like a very small school for him not helping on D. He is a very impressive athlete. Taylor looks really good also.

bill

September 28th, 2012
9:52 pm

When you are a bama fan, especially one from the state of Alabama-there is nothing else to be proud of in the state. Celebrate the football and keep cheering for Mississippi to stay 50th in everything so Bama does not grab the spot.

zbulldawg

September 28th, 2012
9:55 pm

Don’t lose Bama !! We are waiting for you !! Henry needed to go somewhere else !! He snubbed his nose at us, There would have been to much pressure for him in Athens ! He would had to play LB here. Besides he has average speed. We like ours big & fast. GURSHALL will not miss you. LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

Dawg-Gawn

September 28th, 2012
10:03 pm

Tampa Gator
September 28th, 2012
8:14 pm

I believe Tunsil will join Henry at Bama….for nearly the same reasons Henry mentioned in the article.

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Ever give any thought as to why JUCO OT Trenton Brown suddenly de-committed from UGA?

Answer: Laremy Tunsil

“GURLEY Bawl Y’all”

“Our Team” “Our Time” “No Regrets”

“BELIEVE in the “G”

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:09 pm

Hopefully everything will work out for Henry the way he hopes. This is my first time seeing him. I’m not seeing a Bama RB. The opposition I understand is a few classifications below and out matched. Make no mistake he is a stud against those little high school guys. Looks like a linebacker maybe in the SEC. He has no prowess looks for a RB. Good luck to him in any event. Georgia has a great backfield and more coming.

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:11 pm

zbulldawg

Amen. Bama, we want you

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Title Town, AL

September 28th, 2012
10:19 pm

Why are Georgia fans so delusional? You guys are the only one who doesn’t know georgia is a joke, a punchline, a fraud. uga is not a blip on the radar but keep talking. keep dreaming! santa, easter bunny and uga’s title chances are all real things.

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:24 pm

Title Town
Whatever it takes for you to keep your illusion, go for it. The Dawgs are coming and the pendelum is back in the East. Get use to it, you’ve got no choice

Title Town, AL

September 28th, 2012
10:25 pm

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
10:29 pm

Poor ole UGA fans!

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:32 pm

Well you are Bama fans so I’ll say this where you can understand it “git yer azz to At-lanter. there is an azz whuppin there waiting on ya” bring your wife/sister wid you tew

DEF

September 28th, 2012
10:35 pm

800 yds, and 11 tds, in 2 games.

me

September 28th, 2012
10:35 pm

At AL he won’t have to worry about being suspended for smoking weed. Or getting arrested. As soon as players arrive at AL they do nothing wrong. Unlike the coach’s daughter. Funny stuff. I wonder what made this guy switch from a year long commitment?

Title Town, AL

September 28th, 2012
10:38 pm

How do you think you look when you fuel a southern stereotype given that your from georgia genius?

SEC Reporter

September 28th, 2012
10:39 pm

Why are all the Bama fans that post on the AJC such irrational morons? Oh yeah, look at public education over there (LOL).

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:42 pm

“How do you think you look when you fuel a southern stereotype given that your from georgia genius?”

Just thanking God I am from Georgia

Title Town, AL

September 28th, 2012
10:42 pm

you gonna answer my question? yeah, didn’t think so

Title Town, AL

September 28th, 2012
10:43 pm

Wow ardawg, you don’t think well do you?

Athens Tider

September 28th, 2012
10:43 pm

I’m glad you guys want Alabama. I’m sure you wanted LSU last year too. How’d that turn out?

Title Town, AL

September 28th, 2012
10:45 pm

I went to school at alabama, from birmingham but since your sure, must be true.

Atl-Bama

September 28th, 2012
10:46 pm

Title town, you are spot on that Georgia fans are delusional. And so predictable. Every year they talk themselves into thinking they have the worlds best football team..and there is nothing worse that a cocky delusional..yet every year (usually a couple games in) they are calling for bobo and richt to be gone. Expect the same this year.

Buzz2011

September 28th, 2012
10:47 pm

This will not effect Dawgs. The Dawgs never play the better teams like Bama or LSU in the SEC any way….
Roll damn Tide..

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:47 pm

Title Town
It is you toothless no-breds from Alabama that make the stereo type true :D

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
10:47 pm

@SEC Reporter a 1st grade education would pass on here its UGA…..Dummy.

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:51 pm

Title Town
I am just talking smack btw because that’s what we all do. Don’t think you are surrounded by Bama fans. These trolls are Tech nerds, make no mistake

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
10:52 pm

@ARdawg and you make 99% of UGA fans look stupid too!

Dawg Whisperer

September 28th, 2012
10:54 pm

Blackoutanyone?

September 28th, 2012
4:40 pm
All you butt hurt mutts best show Bama and its players respect on OUR blog!

Roll Tide… Tunsil is next!

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Haven’t we heard these promises before from bummer fans guaranteeing certain well-known high school recruits that spurned Saban?

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
10:54 pm

And I am not a Tech troll rest assured.

Roll Tide

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:55 pm

The Bear
You should be ashamed of yourself. I know you are ashamed of your Jackets. How about a free coke, hotdog and a fish fry?

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
10:56 pm

Roll Tide from a paper sack wearing Tech troll now THATS funny. I don’t care who you are

GatorMan

September 28th, 2012
11:00 pm

Bama has not won the sec championship yet. The gators,dogs and game cocks will have a say in the championship. They are not too shabby. I think the east may be better this year. Lsu and Arkansas is WEAK

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:03 pm

Whisperer

More Techies. Not to worry though. Momma will be down eventually insisting they put up her good towels and dustpan they are using for they are using for cape and sword in battle of the Jedi. They’ll be gone soon

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:05 pm

Gatorman
On this my friend, we agree. The East will be dictating the NC for awhile here on out. The “natural order” is about to resume it’s rightful position

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
11:06 pm

@GatorMan hate to say it but UGA is going to curb stomp your gators.Thanks for playing.

Dawg Whisperer

September 28th, 2012
11:06 pm

Title Town, AL

September 28th, 2012
10:19 pm
Why are Georgia fans so delusional? You guys are the only one who doesn’t know georgia is a joke, a punchline, a fraud. uga is not a blip on the radar but keep talking. keep dreaming! santa, easter bunny and uga’s title chances are all real things.

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Well, you see TitleTown, UGA grads focus on earning an education that pays them a solid income ranked 4th in the nation only behind GT, UF and Texas measured in terms of their school investment. Bammy was not even in the top 50, so maybe it is actually bummer fans that are delusional thinking that they are getting an education at Alabama but hey, Saban does beat Richt every once in a while, just not often.

Rhall55

September 28th, 2012
11:07 pm

UGA has to be the only school that wins by 45 points and in the same week…has (3) previous commits take some of negative action w/ them…K Griffin, de-commits on the same day he commits…T Brown, UGA’s largest OL commit, de-commits and says he is interested in U of FL…with more OT’s to be stockpiled than UGA (Trenton states he wants to play OT… @ FL with their freshmen OT’s and their transfer OT’s coming in, there has got to be another reason,,,maybe Gomer Friend???) ,,,and D Henry, now committing to AL stating that it is all business there while @ UGA the Team goes thru leading the nation in arrests to leading the nation in transfers to leading in suspensions and now de-commits…how do you expect to win any kind of championship w/ that track record…if UGA loses out on L Tunsil, M Adams, T Johnson, K Griffin, A Kamara and T Jones…then CRG should resign!!!

GatorMan

September 28th, 2012
11:08 pm

ARdawg i bet you cant wait to give them yellow flies a butt whipping again in november. Why dont you all run up the score this year on them nerds!!!!

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
11:12 pm

@ARdawg The East has risen? Please UGA has given up around 17 points a game. And well….played nobody. The SEC is down this year. But quit crowing about how good UGA is until you play someone

Dawg Whisperer

September 28th, 2012
11:12 pm

Ghall… take a deep breath, somehow UGA will survive.

GatorMan

September 28th, 2012
11:13 pm

THE BEAR that might be true about georgia,but remember what i said. The east will rise again. And it will happen this year. We are much stronger than the west. Remember what i said boy. And BAMA will lose one in the regular season.

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:14 pm

Gatorman
You know, as much as we love playing in the SEC, none of those games give a true Dawg fan more pleasure than squashing those bugs from the trade school on North Ave. Totally confounding I know. Some things just don’t make sense in the world order, that’s one of them

Dawg Whisperer

September 28th, 2012
11:15 pm

Bear… don’t be blind, there is a reason UGA is #5.