Henry pledges to Alabama

Five-star running back Derrick Henry committed to Alabama in front of a packed gym at Yulee High School. He committed to the Crimson Tide over Tennessee and Georgia.

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Yulee, Fla. - In front of his high school classmates, live on national T.V., five-star running back prospect Derrick Henry committed to the University of Alabama during a school pep rally.

"You see how impressive Alabama is on T.V.," said Henry afterwards. "You see them in person. They are so successful. It's unbelievable. You see them work and you see everything. It's something that I want to be a part of."

This is Henry's second commitment. He previously pledged to the Georgia Bulldogs after their Dawg Night summer football camp in July of 2011 before backing off that decision a few months ago.

"You know, I just committed too early," Henry said. "I didn't take it slow and I should have. I knew I needed to take some visits and looking at everything."

That's exactly what Henry did. He made an official visit to Tennessee a few weeks ago and to Alabama last weekend. His decision came down to those two schools as well as Georgia.

It was a crazy scene at Yulee but a few moments that Henry will cherish.

"It was very exciting," Henry said. "To have ESPN here and be able to do it in front of the school was awesome. Then we have a big game late against Kelvin [Taylor]. I am very thankful and blessed."

Henry, 6-foot-3 and 243-pounds, is Alabama's third running back commitment. There's some naysayers out there that believe he will outgrow this position and move to another. Henry scoffs at that notion.

"I see myself as a running back and so does Alabama," Henry said. "They told me not to listen to anyone else. That's the position that I will be getting all my work in. I just can't wait to get there."

Henry is the nation's No. 5 ranked running back. He's had an amazing prep career, rushing for over 9,200 yards and 114 touchdowns. Last Friday he rushed for a state record 502-yards. Henry joins running backs Altee Tenpenny (North Little Rock, Ark.) and Tyren Jones (Marietta, Ga./Walton) on the Crimson Tide 2013 commitment list.


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