Five-star running back talks Vols

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It is hard to believe that anyone in the country had a better visit list this weekend than the Tennessee Volunteers and their biggest priority was running backs.

And at running back, their biggest priority is five-star runner Derrick Henry, who was in attendance for the Vols 37-20 loss to the Florida Gators Saturday night in Neyland Stadium.

"I thought everything went good," Henry said. "I went to the game and I talked to the coaches from the springtime and they told me what they need. Just seeing the team and the game I felt like they were right."

In the contest, Tennessee only rushed for 83 yards in comparison to the Gators 331, which served as ammunition in Henry's recruitment.

"They showed me some of the clips from the game, showed me some of the holes and some of the plays they thought could be a touchdown or where we could have gotten more yards," he said. "Seeing their need to get to the next level and I can be that. I really enjoyed my visit and talking with the coaches again."

A 6-foot-3, 241-pound monster, Henry is the type of game changer that Tennessee is desperate for on offense. The No. 5 running back in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports NEXT, the Yulee, Fla., native seems to have narrowed his list to Tennessee and Alabama, with the Tide out front and the Georgia Bulldogs with an outside shot.

"Alabama is still in the front, but Tennessee after this weekend I need to talk to my coaches and my family," Henry said. "They definitely (have given me something o think about). I am going to go back home, talk to my coaches and my family and visit Alabama next week and make my decision."

Henry added that the outcome of Tennessee's game with the Gators had no bearing on his impression of the weekend, he was instead focused on watching Tennessee's current tailbacks and their impact in the game.

"My focus was watching the running backs and seeing how they work," he said. "That is what I did and I talked to the coaches."

He can't put his finger on one thing that sticks out about the Orange & White, but he has been impressed by his visits to Rocky Top over the last several months.

"I like everything," Henry said. "You see it and they are a great team. They just need some tweaks with the running game and the passing game. From here on out they are going to elavate to a good program again."

Henry will make his decision on Sept. 27 following his official visit to Tuscaloosa.

Chris Price is a staff writer for 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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