He's an Army All-American.
He's an Alabama commit.
He just wrapped up his high school career.
Though all seems in order for North Little Rock (Ark.) running back Altee Tenpenny, there's still plenty to be decided between now and national signing day 2013 on February 6.
"I'm getting my jersey on the 30th ," said Tenpenny, who will then become an official Army All-American Friday. "It means a lot since I get to compete with the top players in the country at their position. It will give me a taste of the game and the physicality that I will be going through for the next four years of my life."
A pair of his potential teammates will be going through the same process in San Antonio. Fellow Alabama running back commits Derrick Henry and Tyren Jones are also slated to play in the game. The impending competition between the three has created headlines for months, but each seems somewhat ready for the challenge in Tuscaloosa.
"They're great guys and great athletes," said the four-star recruit. "Us three in the backfield for the next couple of years together – I know we'll be able to do damage. Hopefully we can pull out a few championships.
"Me and Derrick are cool, but I haven't spoken to Tyren as much. But when we see each other, we converse."
The 6-foot, 203-pound Tenpenny is used to overcoming adversity and dealing with challenges. Before a stellar senior season in 2012 – in which he amassed over 100 total yards and a pair of scores in his final playoff game – the all-purpose back had to rehab a season-ending leg injury that held him out for most of the 2011 campaign.
He got through the fall without reaggravating it other than normal bumps and bruises from running the ball. The top player in Arkansas attributes the success and his health to his mindset.
"I made my mind up at the beginning of the season…I just had it in the back of my head that I was fine and that my ankle was good," said Tenpenny. "That's what I did."
Now healthy and "feeling good", the No. 13 running back in the class of 2013 will focus more on recruiting. He maintains his pledge to ‘Bama, but he is expecting Arkansas to visit this week.
"I'll be meeting with Coach [Tim] Horton on Wednesday, after that I'm not sure," he said of what he expects. "He's coming to the school."
As far as the Crimson Tide, everything has been status quo.
"I've been keeping in contact with them normally. Everything's been normal between me and Alabama. "
Let's not forget about the Pokes.
"It's a good program; coach [Jemal] Singleton is a good coach so we'll see what's up."
The mental fatigue of recruiting is sure to pick up going forward, but there will be some rest from football activities now that the season is over. It will only be to recover from the usual price that comes with being a running back, but he'll be at it again soon.
Said Tenpenny, "It really doesn't change my routine, I'm just going to take this week off and get my body a little rest from the wear and tear of the season. But come Sunday, I'll get back to work."
Tenpenny still plans on taking official visits to Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma State at this time.