Five-star running back chooses Alabama
by The Decatur Daily
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Five-star running back recruit Derrick Henry chose Alabama. He made the announcement at a news conference this afternoon at his school's gymnasium. ESPNU carried the announcement nationally.

If you missed the broadcast, you'll have another chance to see Henry tonight. ESPNU is scheduled to televise his team's game at 7.

Henry, a 6-foot-3, 240-pounder from Yulee (Fla.) High, visited Alabama last weekend on an official visit. His final choices were Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. This summer, he de-committed from Georgia. Sitting at a table in the Yulee High gym, decorated in the school's green and yellow colors, Henry had hats for all three schools positioned in front of him.

Henry said on the ESPNU broadcast the success of former Alabama running backs Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and current Tide running back T.J. Yeldon helped sway him to Tuscaloosa.

"They way they run their program is like a business-style program," Henry said.

Scout.com lists Henry as the 35th best player in the country and a five-star running back. Rivals.com has Henry at No. 74 and a four-star athlete.

According to Scout.com's rankings, Henry is the fourth five-star player to join Alabama's recruiting class. The others are tight end O.J. Howard of Autauga Academy of Prattville, defensive tackle DeMarcus Walker of Sandalwood High in Jacksonville, Fla., and quarterback Cooper Bateman of Cottonwood High in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Henry will join a crowded backfield at Alabama, which already includes juniors Eddie Lacy and Jalston Fowler, redshirt freshman Dee Hart and true freshmen Yeldon and Kenyan Drake. Two other running backs are in the Class of 2013: Tyren Jones of Marietta, Ga., and Altee Tenpenny of Little Rock, Ark.

Tonight, Yulee will face Glades Day High of Belle Glade, Fla., whose star player is Florida running back commitment Kelvin Taylor. Yulee is a 4A school in Florida's eight-classification system, while Glades Day is 2A, although ranked No. 1. Glades Day won state championships in 2009 and 2010. Taylor is a four-star prospect according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Rivals ranks him the 47th best prospect nationally, while Scout has him at No. 46.
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