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 “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.





– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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Brown Dog

October 1st, 2012
12:09 pm

Part II on backfield depth:

Exhibit I: what y’all went through last year with injuries and suspensions.
Exhibit II: Alabama has lost another back for the season. We started with five. We’re down to three. Mr. Drake, whom many of you thought would never play at Alabama, will be playing a lot from here on out.


October 3rd, 2012
2:57 pm

When will this kid ever see the field?