SAN ANTONIO, Tex. -- Having grown up in North Little Rock, 2013 Alabama commit Altee Tenpenny has been on the local (and national) recruiting scene for some time, including putting up incredible testing numbers as an underage participant in The Opening in the summer of 2011. As a result, his commitment to the Crimson Tide in January of 2011 probably still stings for the pig-calling faithful of Fayetteville.
But the Razorbacks do have at least a little bit of a chance with the elite 5'11, 210-pound running back. Tenpenny will visit Arkansas on Jan. 18, what will likely be his final official visit after tripping to Tuscaloosa the weekend before.
Tenpenny told SB Nation Recruiting on Thursday that he has spoken a little bit with new Razorback head coach Bret Bielema. The desire to get to know Bielema and his coaching staff better to "see if I click with them" is the major driving force behind Tenpenny's planned visit.
Still, Tenpenny called himself 99 percent committed to Alabama and said he had no worries about the Tide's ability to bring another national championship back to Tuscaloosa.
The reasons why he committed to Alabama still loom large in his recruitment, too.
"Just the program, the tradition, the fans showing the love and the coaches showing the love," said the consensus four-star running back.