Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Derrick Henry prepared to select college of choice

In a recruiting world where “verbal commitments” are to be taken with a grain of salt, one of the most highly-touted players in the nation is set to give his verbal…for the second time.

Derrick Henry, the pride of Yulee, Florida, has scheduled a Friday afternoon press conference to announce his college decision for 2013. The “beast” of a running back, who stands 6-foot-3, and tops the scale at 243-pounds, has narrowed his college choices to Alabama and Tennessee.

In his most recent outing, Henry surpassed the legendary Emmitt Smith for second-place on the all-time Florida high school rushing list, and did so in grand fashion. Not only did Henry break Smith’s career rushing record, the Yulee High School sensation also broke the Florida state record for most rushing yards in a single game. Eclipsing a total that had stood since 1985, Henry rushed for a mind-blowing 502 yards, as he led Yulee to victory.

What did Henry do for an encore? He visited the University of Alabama the very next day…

While Henry has been viewed as an “Alabama lean” for many months, his recruiting journey seemingly began with a verbal commitment to the University of Georgia.

Prior to his junior season, Henry gave his verbal to UGA in July of 2011, yet decommitted from the Bulldogs in June of this year, a move which essentially cleared the way for the Crimson Tide. Not long after breaking his verbal with UGA, Henry declared Alabama as his “leader” in respect to potential schools.

Although Henry’s scheduled press conference will feature nothing more than his “new” verbal pledge, the school that emerges victorious after Friday’s festivities will certainly have the ultimate inside track.

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