Derrick Henry picks Alabama over Georgia, Tennessee

Derrick Henry, a top running back recruit, committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide Friday, spurning Georgia and Tennessee.

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Derrick Henry lands at Alabama

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide landed a big running back on signing day.

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Top back Derrick Henry commits to Bama

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.

For more on Tide football, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Tennessee Football Recruiting: Derrick Henry, Derrick Green Visiting As Vols Host Gators

What a huge weekend Tennessee has planned on Rocky Top. Florida is coming to town. ESPN's College Gameday will be there. It's been a long time since the Volunteers have played a game of this magnitude.

So it makes sense that Tennessee would try to have top recruits visit when the 100,000+ are at their loudest.

And as Brad Shepard of Rocky Top reports, it looks like the Volunteers have succeeded, as top running back recruits Derrick Henry and Derrick Green will both be in Knoxville this weekend.

Henry, a former Georgia commitment, is still heavily considering the Dawgs, as well as Alabama. Out of Yulee (Fla.) High School, Henry is an enormous back at 6'4 and 240 pounds. There are real questions about his ability to play running back in college, as opposed to changing positions. The school that can best convince him that he will be able to stay at running back could have the best shot. And Tennessee has been firm in that stance. Getting Henry up for a visit, particularly on a weekend of this magnitude is a big deal.

There are no questions about Green's ability to stay at running back in college. Out of the storied Richmond (Va.) Hermitage program, Green is a power runner at 6'0 and 218 pounds. He is also seriously considering Auburn and Michigan. Tennessee will have to roll out the red carpet to join those two programs. But Tennessee does have one thing on its side: distance. Knoxville is much closer to Richmond than is Auburn or Ann Arbor.

For a complete list of visitors headed to Knoxville, make sure to read Brad's full article.

And be sure to bookmark Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk for great, free recruiting coverage.

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Derrick Henry Decommits From Georgia After Alabama Visit

Ahhhh, it's that time of year. Time for Georgia commits to start making their way west to Tuscaloosa. While elite running back Derrick Henry hasn't announced he's flipping on UGA for Alabama, that would appear to be a highly possible event, considering he recently visited the Tide.

Here's SB Nation recruiting analyst Bud Elliott from last week on Henry:

Henry seems dead set on playing running back, so any school looking to sway him from Georgia must convince him that it wants him at running back and will not move him to tight end or defense.

Henry is a consensus four-star recruit and one of the top athletes in the country. With Alabama and Georgia firmly in the mix to land the top class in the country, Henry's commitment could be the difference on National Signing Day.

I'd also like to point out that during filming of next week's Shutdown Fullback, Bud predicted Henry would pull his commitment from the Dawgs and end up with the Tide. Not even this week's episode, but next week's.

For more on Tide football, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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