Shocka shocks Mark Richt

Derrick Henry is known as ‘Shocka' throughout the Yulee community and he shocked Mark Richt when he committed to him. Henry talks decision and what commitment means to him here.

Derrick Henry had over 40 scholarship offers already and he has not even started his junior year of high school. He started receiving verbal offers through his coaches as a freshman in 2009. After taking some visits and getting to know different coaches, he knew it would be one of two schools. One Friday night in Athens, he chose his school.

"I have known for a while that it was going to be Florida or Georgia for me," said Derrick Henry. "I had some great offers and a lot of good schools recruited me, but those are the two I liked the most. I had visited both schools, I had been in touch with different coaches from each school, and I decided that Georgia is the school for me."

He made that decision Friday night late inside Sanford Stadium. At least that is when he went public.

"I had been thinking about committing to Georgia before I even got to the camp, so I felt ready. After spending time at Georgia again, being around the coaches, hanging around guys like John Theus and Brice Ramsey, I knew I wanted to make it happen."

The 6-foot-2, 232 pound running back out of Yulee, Fla. made it happen in a big way. He, John Theus, Brice Ramsey, and Tramel Terry all informed Coach Richt that they wanted to be Bulldogs as soon as the camp came to an end.

Henry knows Coach Richt didn't expect the news.

"He told me he was he was shocked after we told him the news. I don't think he thought I would commit to Georgia this early. I told him I wanted to join his program and he was very excited. It was a big moment for all of us and I feel great about it."

After being back in Florida for a few days, one of the premier 2013 prospects in the country has no regrets about giving the Dawgs his verbal commitment.

"Commitment to me means something," he said. "I take commitment very seriously. I was taught to take it that way, so I wouldn't have committed if I didn't think I was ready. I feel so comfortable when I am Georgia. I feel at home there, the coaches are very easy to talk to, and I think Georgia did a very good job recruiting me. "They get on a personal level, it is not all about football, and they are good guys. I like how Coach Richt is all about God, I like who he is, and I have no regrets about my decision. I feel very good about it."

Georgia has to feel good about having a guy like that on their commitment list already. He will be one of the top prospects in the class of 2013 and he is set to be a running back at a program with a lot of tradition at that position.

"Georgia told me they have not had a back at Georgia close to my size since Herschel Walker, so they are excited to have me. They want to use me as a true running back, they want to get me the ball, and I feel like I will fit into their offense very well. They have had a lot of great running backs like Herschel, Knowshon Moreno, and some others, so it is great to be going into a school with that type of history."

Now that Henry is a Bulldog, he is ready to go shopping. He is not thinking twice about his decision and he is ready to focus on the task at hand as he prepares for the next level.

"I am glad I committed early so I can focus on my team, make sure my grades are good, take the tests, and get ready for college," said the star out of Yulee that has rushed for over 5,000 yards and 60 touchdowns already. "I am just going to keep working hard, preparing myself for the SEC, and getting ready for Georgia.

"I have a couple of Georgia hats now, but I am going shopping on Tuesday to get some Georgia stuff. The Dawg Nation better get ready for me because I am getting ready for them. I will be ready to work hard and be ready to help get the Georgia program back where it should be when I get there."

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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