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

GatorMan

September 28th, 2012
11:15 pm

Bama man you did not do too good with florida atlantic,dont stick your chest out yet

Dawg 1

September 28th, 2012
11:16 pm

Oh the Alabama folks are such a classy group…

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:16 pm

The Bear

Please stop..LOL……you are killing me here….How about a free hotdog and coke for a $25 dollar ticket….moobs

me

September 28th, 2012
11:17 pm

Saban can keep his players from drinking and smoking weed, but he can’t control his own daughter. Too funny.

GatorMan

September 28th, 2012
11:17 pm

ARKANSAS,LSU,AUBURN that west is going to the dogs. Talking about struggling

FRED

September 28th, 2012
11:18 pm

Look be serious if you were a 5 star who would you rather play for Sabin or CMR?. Come on!

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:18 pm

The Bear

Okay, I’ll play. Tell me, what team has Bama played that somehow makes their schedule much more impressive over Georgia’s? Please, take your time

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
11:19 pm

My work is done here! Dummies have been educated!

Dawg Whisperer

September 28th, 2012
11:20 pm

Dawg 1

September 28th, 2012
11:16 pm
Oh the Alabama folks are such a classy group…
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I can’t find common ground with you on that one.

GatorMan

September 28th, 2012
11:20 pm

He cant control the players either. The cops and media does not bring it to life. And hope the running back does not blow out a knee because your schlorship is gone. Ask the kid from georgia that commited to kentucky. I be tit hurt satan when reuben foster bolted to auburn

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:22 pm

FRED
Good luck with Henry. I hope we are done with the primadonnas. Seriously, c’mon, a Friday afternoon press conference. He has Isaiah Crowell written all over him. I found myself at home tonight watching some football and accidentally flip it on and wound up here. I’m glad he decommitted. Highly unlikely he ever gets one tote for Bama

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:23 pm

The Bear

Big surprise there. See ya when we see ya Nerd

Dawg Whisperer

September 28th, 2012
11:24 pm

FRED

September 28th, 2012
11:18 pm
Look be serious if you were a 5 star who would you rather play for Sabin or CMR?. Come on!
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Why don’t you ask Gurley or Marshall?

Hairy Dawg

September 28th, 2012
11:27 pm

Once again that theiving Saban got to goes to another state to get him some players with talents that play SEC level. Its is just like that with the sports page blogs to. Alabammy don’t have no good paper or blogs and thats why the Rolling Turd Trolls got to come on this site that Dawgs own. Just wait till Henry get a small injury and then Sabans will medicals him to free schollie. Saban does good roster manegement but he slimey in trying to take recruits from Dawgs in state of GA.

Special K

September 28th, 2012
11:27 pm

snarler

September 28th, 2012
11:29 pm

Saban told Henry his daughter gives the best head this side of the MS.

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
11:30 pm

Poor Ole uga crybabies. Best team on paper, propped up by their fans every year and they do nothing…………………………..Let the Results speak for themselves.

Special K

September 28th, 2012
11:32 pm

Snarler the class of pup fans shows it. PATHETIC!!!!!!!!

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:33 pm

The Bear

September 28th, 2012
11:37 pm

UGA better hope Tyler Bray is off the mark

hit a single

September 28th, 2012
11:38 pm

Good luck Henry, I could care less where you are going. Go Dawgs!

hit a single

September 28th, 2012
11:40 pm

Sick of all thise recruiting circus mess. College football has little to do with the student athlete, it has to do with money.

ARdawg

September 28th, 2012
11:41 pm

Nerd
Now go put on your Spiderman jammies, kiss momma and nem nighty night, get in the bed. You know how cranky you get when you’ve missed your sleep and got beeyotch slapped by Dawg fans on the blog

Blackoutanyone?

September 29th, 2012
12:20 am

So jawjie has gone undefeated so far with their Conference USA schedule. I can’t remember the last time you mutts beat a team worth mentioning. My guess is prior to 2008 Blackout when Saban came to that dump stadium and took your man hood.

Boise State 35-21 L
South Carolina 45-42 L
LSU 42-10
Michigan freakin State 33-30 L

And you embreds have the gall to come on here and pound your chests? LOL What a joke!

Dawg-Gawn

September 29th, 2012
12:24 am

2013 four* recruit Deon Bonner WR/ATH still on The Alabama Crimson Tides recruiting board even after being arrested two times for felony rape & sodomy charges by two different women… the first on Sept. 06 (2nd degree) and then again on this Wednesday Sept. 26th (1st degree).

Why is Bonner still associated with the University of Alabama?

Is Alabama becoming the next Penn State and believe they are above the law just to win football games?

Are not Bama fans embarrassed by this?

Don’t give me “Innocence until proven guilty” that would only work the first time on Sept. 06… this is some serious stuff!

Blackoutanyone?

September 29th, 2012
12:30 am

Dawg-Gawn…. how do you know he’s still on Alabama’s recruiting board? Not sure if you’re aware but Rivals, ESPN, Scout and 24/7 are not affiliated with the athletic program at Alabama. So please enlighten us as to your sources? That kid is facing serious jail time so I highly doubt college football is anywhere on his radar at this time.

Blackoutanyone?

September 29th, 2012
12:36 am

Dawg-Gawn… are you not embarrased that your head coach allowed a kid to go on television and make a commitment to the University of Georgia only to be completely humiliated by Mark Richt and have his scholarship pulled? I’m pretty sure their was an article by the AJC the week before stating the kid had narrowed his choices to SC and UGA so it’s not like Warden Richt didn’t have ample notice. As if his coaching vs the top 25 wasn’t bad enough now he’s pulling scholly’s. So… are you not embarrased?

Wild Dog

September 29th, 2012
12:37 am

Geoffdawg, Please continue your rare comments. You sound better and show some intelligence with your mouth shut.

No Dawg: We are thankful that you are a no dawg. I bet a photo of WE laughing
would be outstanding.

Dawg-Gawn

September 29th, 2012
12:46 am

Not meant to bash…. just surprised and shocked to see him listed on all the sites you mentioned… show me the local headlines where UA has disassociated themselves from this recruit?

10 hours after the Isaiah Crowell incidence the AJC had the headlines out!

Caring a concealed weapon with the serial numbers altered is not in the same category as what this Bonner kid has been charged with!

It’s been two days almost three!!!

Blackoutanyone?

September 29th, 2012
12:47 am

So in the last two games Henry has rushed for 860 yards and 12 TD’s. LOL yeah Jawja didn’t need him uh?

Blackoutanyone?

September 29th, 2012
12:54 am

Dawg-Gawn… your a nice enough fellow and I appreciate your enthusiasm. Bonner is a PSA or prospective student athlete. Bama like all other schools can’t comment on PSA’s. UGA was able to comment on Crowell because he was a current player. Rest assured if this kid is proven guilty of the charges that have been filed, it is highly unlikely he will ever wear Crimson and White. Do you really think Saban needs to take a chance on a kid with that kind of baggage? Saban selects elite athletes and often turns some down. This is not Mike Shula’s Tide you’re talking about.

Joe

September 29th, 2012
12:54 am

“We have Gurley (Yes but who after that? Marshall can’t take a hit, Malcombe can’t stay healthy and everybody after that is walkons)”

Good God Alabama fans are the worst hicks on the planet. First of all Gurley is better than anybody you got. Lacy’s a punk. Gurley would pimp slap him and dare him to jump up to get beat down. Secondly, Marshall can take a hit. You wouldn’t one way or the other, and both of our RBs are true freshmen. As for Malcome, learn how to spell you idiot, he’s not had much of a problem staying healthy.

Joe

September 29th, 2012
12:55 am

“we laugh at ga fans all the time”

We laugh at your mother too.

Dawg-Gawn

September 29th, 2012
12:59 am

Griffin’s scholarship is waiting on his test scores to meet UGA’s admission requirements. He nor his family are upset! Miscommunication on the recruits part… simple… not embarrassed at all of anything Mark Richt does. (well maybe handing out schollies to walk-ons)

Not the same as Rape and Sodomy!

Blackoutanyone? are you defending this stance?

Blackout8

September 29th, 2012
1:04 am

Joe, I agree. Gurley has played against some elite defenses the last few weeks.

Dawg-Gawn

September 29th, 2012
1:13 am

Blackoutanyone? come on man you can do better than that!

UGA had a recruit… seems like his name was Deion Bonner also… Lol what a coincedence… from Carver HS of Columbus Ga, who stole from the the players locker room while on a recruiting visit he was immediately banned from the university. Published the next day in the AJC along with video from the locker room.

Blackoutanyone?

September 29th, 2012
1:19 am

Dawg gawn… I’m not sure how you get that I’m defending rape from what I posted but let me clear that up for ya… Uhh hells to the no. You said Bama fans should be embarrassed due to this kid being on Bama’s recruiting board for which I explained to you why you nor I have that info. Also you questioned Bama officials for their lack of comments regarding the kid, for which I explained to you why they haven’t/can’t comment. As for your attempt to defend Richt. You do realize very few of UGA’s current commits have met entrance requirements right? Most havent passed the ACT or none have graduated from HS as yet. So that doesn’t hold water my friend. Truth is Richt is bumping up against his total schollys he can offer and he is having to make some tough decisions.

Blackoutanyone?

September 29th, 2012
1:21 am

Post a link. I’m aware of the kid you speak of but trust me if UGA commented on that kid, they committed an NCAA violation. Simple as that.

Dawg-Gawn

September 29th, 2012
1:29 am

Correction:

My bad… Deon Johnson was the recruit from Spanish Fort AL charged with Rape & Sodomy not Deon Bonner…. Deion Bonner was caught stealing inside the UGA locker room… sorry again, my bad!

Pass my bedtime… later!

See Rock City

September 29th, 2012
1:46 am

Hairy Dawg
September 28th, 2012
11:27 pm

Once again that theiving Saban got to goes to another state to get him some players with talents that play SEC level. Its is just like that with the sports page blogs to. Alabammy don’t have no good paper or blogs and thats why the Rolling Turd Trolls got to come on this site that Dawgs own. Just wait till Henry get a small injury and then Sabans will medicals him to free schollie. Saban does good roster manegement but he slimey in trying to take recruits from Dawgs in state of GA.

W.T.F. You must be the new editor for the “red & black.”

Blunt Dawg

September 29th, 2012
1:52 am

Man you have go to love this back and forth Bantor on a State of Georgia newspaper. Do they not have major newspapers in alley bammi ?………Go Dawgs!!!!

Stop Posting Idiot's...

September 29th, 2012
1:58 am

Anyone who passed third grade English is very ashamed of this thread and its ultimate & complete failure.

boykin

September 29th, 2012
3:51 am

Who wants a 6 “2 Rb?

boykin

September 29th, 2012
3:52 am

Who needs one? Gurley and Marshall will have all reeling!

Contractor

September 29th, 2012
4:49 am

The issue now at Alabama is just like at Georgia where the backfield is getting so jam packed there might not be enough room on the practice field. Lacy, Hart, Yeldon, Drake, Fowler (out with ACL), Henry, Jones etc. That’s a lot of beef back there, so it’ll be fun to see how it unfolds.

Bama Fan#2

September 29th, 2012
5:24 am

Derrick Henry is a beast playing against high school kids!!
The SC coaches at Alabama are going to freak out after
turning loose DH in the next years on the SEC!! Gurley
is the best freshman RB this year by far!!! RTR

suggs

September 29th, 2012
6:19 am

First paragraph. What’s a highly-anticipation?

Jimmy Crack

September 29th, 2012
7:37 am

Some players just aren’t ready to start out of college and need to be backups for a couple of years. Good luck to Derrick.

option smoption

September 29th, 2012
7:46 am

@blackoutanyone…take your rainbow colored oreos to the bama blog. Nobody here cares about your nonsensical comments.

wth

September 29th, 2012
8:03 am

Good grief – just congratulate the kid. And I have lived in both states..Bama and GA…almost exactly the same. But as long as Honey Boo Boo is on the air, nobody should make fun of another state.