Derrick Henry has committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, as expected, over the Tennessee Volunteers and the Georgia Bulldogs. Henry made his commitment live on ESPN.
Out of Yulee (Fla.) High School, Henry is an enormous running back recruit at 6'4 and 240 pounds. He is a consensus five-star recruit on all major services, though some list him as an "athlete," because there are questions about his ability to play running back in college, as opposed to changing positions. It appears, however, that Alabama has convinced Henry that he can stay at running back.
At Yulee High School, Henry completely over-matches his competition. He is so much bigger, faster and stronger than everyone against whom he plays, that it almost seems like he is playing within a video game. Last week, Henry bested the state of Florida rushing record that had stood for 27 years by rushing for 502 yards in a single game.
While Henry does have great power, he'll have to prove that he has the lateral agility and vision to play running back in the SEC.
Recent success stories of big backs like Florida State's James Wilder, Jr. and Florida's Matt Jones, however, seem to suggest Henry can stick at running back. And Alabama certainly likes size at running back.
Henry is the 20th commitment of the 2013 class for the Crimson Tide.