Georgia Bulldogs 5-Star Recruit Spotted in Alabama Jersey: Will He Flip?

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystJune 11, 2012

Photo Credit: Derrick Henry's Twitter, @KingHenry_2
Photo Credit: Derrick Henry's Twitter, @KingHenry_2

Alabama received a trio of commitments over the weekend, but the biggest news from this weekend may surround a big-time visitor that is committed to another SEC powerhouse. 

A 5-star running back and Yulee (FL) native, Derrick Henry is committed to Georgia—but the 6’3”, 240-pounder was in Tuscaloosa over the weekend and may be having second thoughts about his college destination.

According to a report from Matt Scalici of AL.com, Henry is considering the switch to Alabama. 

A series of tweets from Henry’s twitter account seemed to back up that assertion, with the first featuring him posing in a Crimson Tide jersey. (He posted two photos of him wearing the jersey.) 

After returning home from his visit, Henry tweeted his intentions to make a statement soon.

I will make statement soon , After I talk it over with coaches & family .

— Derrick Henry  (@KingHenry_2) June 11, 2012

Before his visit to Alabama, Henry’s main concern about the Crimson Tide was whether or not they wanted him to come in as a running back—which is his favored position of choice. 

With his size and his ability to play linebacker (his 247 Sports profile has him ranked as the nation’s top athlete), Henry had reservations about Alabama preferring him to line up on defense. 

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide coaching staff certainly addressed those issues this past weekend.

"Head Coach set the record straight," tweeted Henry on Saturday.

"Coach Saban has said all along, 'we're recruiting you like a running back,' and he reaffirmed that this weekend," [Henry's high school coach Bobby] Ramsay said.

So does this ultimately mean he will flip his commitment to Alabama?

Not necessarily. 

However, when considering Alabama’s recent history at the running back position—with Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Doak Walker Award winner Trent Richardson both moving on to the NFL and each being taken in the first round of the NFL draft—Georgia fans may have reason to worry. 

Add to the fact that Alabama has the momentum of being the defending national champions, and their current recruiting class has ascended to the top spot according to 247 Sports, it’s hard to imagine betting against Saban on the recruiting trail at this point. 

In the end, expect Henry to make the switch and roll with the Tide. 

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