Henry adjusts top 3

Tennessee is searching for a running back in 2013 and five-star recruit Derrick Henry is up top on the board. Sign up or sign in to get this recruiting update from InsideTennessee.

It isn't every day you can have a five-star recruit in town for a five-day unofficial visit, but that is exactly what Tennessee nailed down with running back Derrick Henry.

The No. 6 running back in the 2013 class, according to FOX Sports NEXT, Henry has been on Rocky Top for four days with a fifth scheduled Thursday.

"Everything has been going good," Henry told InsideTennessee. "I just came to visit the camp and do one-on-one with coach Graham. That went good last night — catching the ball and doing some drills. It was a very good thing."

Henry said his visit to Knoxville has been much more enjoyable given the length of his visit.

"It has been a lot more fun because I am staying longer and got to hang out with the players more," he said. "Seeing everything day by day and seeing how everything is. It has been good."

Henry is being actively pursued by Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham.
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The Yulee (Fla.) High School prospect recently finished third in the Nike SPARQ Challenge at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., posting a 4.45 forty time and a 42-inch vertical.

At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Henry is a bruiser and he is becoming close with one of the biggest men on the Vols' current roster in Antonio "Tiny" Richardson.

"Tiny and I have a good relationship," Henry said. "Whenever I come down I always request him and we are always hanging out. We are always chilling and he is always talking about how I can help him and he can help me."

Henry is schedule to leave Knoxville on Thursday afternoon, but he will travel home and immediately head to Tuscaloosa for a visit with the Crimson Tide on July 20-22. The Vols, however, have moved up in his pecking order.

"I would move Tennessee to second now right behind Alabama," Henry said. "Just being here and the way they recruit me — they aren't stopping. They are relentless. Just coach Graham, I can tell the way he is coaching he wants me to be great."

Graham is the lead on Henry's recruitment and got a chance to see what the big man could do first hand in a private workout.

"It was good just to see how he coaches and the drills he runs," Henry said. "I could tell when we were working out that he was hungry. It wasn't just me — he wanted to work as well. It was good to get that experience to see what it is to practice with him if I was to come here. It was fun."

Henry added that he will shut down his recruitment for the rest of the summer following his visit to Alabama. Then, this fall he will take all five of his allotted official visits before making a decision in December.

"I am going to take official visits during the season then make my decision after the season," he said. "I am trying to get to (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia) USC and then one more. I am going to take all five."

You can see highlights from Henry's 2,610-yard, 34-touchdown junior season a Yulee High School below:

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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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