Bielema Doesn't Waste Time

New Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said he was going to call all of the Razorbacks commits Wednesday night and he did with with Pulaski Academy tight end Hunter Henry (6-6, 240) and North Little Rock tailback and Alabama pledge Altee Tenpenny (6-0, 213) getting his first two calls.

New Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema's first two recruiting calls were to the state's top two 2013 recruits.

Those were to Pulaski Academy tight end and Razorback commitment Hunter Henry (6-6, 240) and North Little Rock tailback Altee Tenpenny (6-0, 212), an Alabama pledge.

While U.S. Army-All American Tenpenny was at work and couldn't pick up, Under Armour All-American Henry was pleased with his conversation with the former Wisconsin head coach.

"It was all very positive," said Henry, who had 107 catches for 1,449 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. "He is a very personable guy and I am really looking forward to getting to know him more."

Bielema made sure to tell Henry that he has four tight ends currently on NFL rosters and that Wisconsin has 24 players that have signed NFL contracts in the last two years – more than any other team in college football.

"He definitely mentioned that and got it across," Henry said. "He made it clear that the tight end is a big part of his offense. It definitely impressed me and I am definitely impressed with him."

Henry, who had over 30 scholarship offers, chose Arkansas in July out of a final list of six that also included Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Stanford and Vanderbilt.

Henry, who has decided not to play basketball this season as he usually does, took an official visit to Alabama, will take to Arkansas and has talked of taking more.

"I am committed to Arkansas," Henry said. "I have always been committed to Arkansas. I am still talking to other schools and kind of keeping those doors open right now, but right now I feel like I am in a good place and I'm going to be a Razorback."

Tenpenny was not able to answer Bielema's call or watch his Wednesday press conference because he was at work, but is anxious to talk with the new Razorback head coach.

"I was not able to pick up and couldn't see the press conference because of work," Tenpenny said. "I am excited that he wanted to talk to me as soon as he got here. I am really looking forward to talking to him and seeing how he is going to run his program and how I would fit in."

Tenpenny, who missed his junior season due to an injury and is ranked as the nation's 13th-best tailback according to Scout.com, rushed 193 times for 1,379 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.

He knows Bielema's reputation is to have physical and balanced offenses that get it done on the ground and through the air.

Tenpenny and his head coach Brad Bolding have talked about Bielema's philosophy.

"He told me that he likes to run the ball and he is a defensive-minded coach," Tenpenny said. "Obviously I love to hear a coach likes to run the ball and that type of offense really fits me and has me interested."

Tenpenny says that he will visit Alabama on Jan. 11-13 and Arkansas on Jan. 18-20 and could also visit Oklahoma State.

"I am just looking forward to talking to the new Arkansas coach and taking this visits and making the decision that is best for me," Tenpenny said.





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