Henry calls Vols No. 2

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When asked about the running back competition this spring and if he liked a running back by comittee system, Derek Dooley replied, "No. I would rather have a Heisman trophy winner back there."

Without setting expectations too high Tennessee certainly had a High School All-American player on campus over the weekend in five-star tailback prospect Derrick Henry.

Henry, a 6-foot-3, 241-pounder out of Yulee (Fla.) High School has been committed to the Georgia Bulldogs since this summer, but wanted to get a look at what the Vols had to offer over the weekend.

"The weekend was really good," Henry told InsideTennessee. "I had a really fun time. When I got there Friday they gave us a tour of the facilities and everything. I got to talk to the coaches, talk to coach Dooley, basically I talked to all the coaches and we watched my film together. It was real good."

Henry is considered the No. 4 running back in the 2013 class by Scout.com. Heading into the weekend he knew very little about the Vols, but came away extremely impressed.

"I wasn't looking for anything specific because it was my first time coming up there," he said. "I didn't really know what to expect or anything. Coach Graham was recruiting me to South Carolina and then he went to Tennessee and wanted me to come see them so I did.

"They have been showing me a lot of love and I am glad I went. I got to see everything that I hoped for, practice, the players, the whole nine yards. It was a lot of fun."

Henry's connection with new Tenenssee running backs coach Jay Graham got him on campus and could prove to be a major advantage in his recruitment going forward.

"I have a really good connection with coach Graham," Henry said. "He was recruiting me to South Carolina and everything like that so we already had a relationship when he went to Tennessee. I like Coach Graham a lot and things have been going well with him as my recruiter."

Following the weekend, the Volunteers have made a significant jump up the future Under Armour All-America athlete's list.

"I would say basically everything really surpised me," he said. "I didn't know what to expect. When the coaches just come by your school and stuff like that you don't really know what to expect. Then you go to their school and spend time with them and the players. I was just impressed with everything. I definitely want to come back on another visit, hopefully for the spring game.

"I am still committed to Georgia, but Tennessee is right behind them after this visit."

Henry finished his junior season with 2,610 yard and 34 touchdowns. Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons had the following to say about the future star:

"Henry is an elite athlete that is bigger than most running backs in today's game. He is very productive, he pulls away from defenders, and he runs with good vision. He is a back that runs upright and he needs to run with more power behind his pads, but he does run through a lot of arm tackles, and is very good about keeping his legs moving until the end of the play. He is explosive and he has very good speed for a back his size."

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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