"Alabama sells itself."

Altee Tenpenny, National 100 running back from North Little Rock, Ark., committed to the University of Alabama at the end of January. He is considered one of the best at his position even though he missed his junior season. Tenpenny was selected on Monday to participate in the U.S. Army All-American game in January.


"It was exciting for me," Altee Tenpenny said of the All-American game. "My head coach came to my house, and he informed me about. At first I was like, 'What'? I was shocked. When it all sunk in I was happy about it.

"To be honest I didn't think I would be in this position especially after I got hurt. I thought I would fall off the map a little bit. It's been the complete opposite. It's been great."

Tenpenny is a likely lock to remain in the National 100, and a candidate to earn a five-star ranking. He has kept in touch with the Tide coaches since his decision at the first Junior Day for underclassmen in the class of 2013.

"I should make it back to Alabama in the next few months," Tenpenny said. "I will talk to my recruiting coach Mike Groh. We talk every week. We talk about family, school and just talk about all different things.

"It was somewhat of a relief to go ahead with my decision. It's the school I wanted to attend. I know it was the best place for me. When I went to Junior Day I told my recruiting coach [Groh] I was ready to commit. I then talked to coach Saban. We talked, shook hands, and then all the coaches were saying how they were happy I was a part of the Alabama family."

Tenpenny also talked about some of the major reasons for giving an early pledge to the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama sells itself," he said. "They have a great school, great academics, great coaches, and a great program. It's a great overall school. Coach Burns coaches a Heisman Trophy winner [Mark Ingram] and Doak Walker award winner [Trent Richardson] I will say that had a little bit of an impact on my decision as well."

Plenty of schools will stay in hot pursuit of the elite prospect and will try to turn his head before signing day next February. He does not have any plans for early graduation.

"I am still keeping in touch with Arkansas and Oklahoma State," Tenpenny said. "I may go to the Arkansas Junior Day on March 3rd. I am not sure when the Oklahoma State Junior Day is, but I may visit there.

"I am still very solid with my commitment. I feel very comfortable with my decision. I will graduate next spring."

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