Derrick Henry Sets Announcement Date: Odds Alabama Misses out on 5-Star RB/ATH

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 31, 2012

Yulee (Fla.) High School RB/ATH Derrick Henry / Photo Credit: Tom Hauck/ESPNHS
Yulee (Fla.) High School RB/ATH Derrick Henry / Photo Credit: Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

One of the nation's top prospects in the class of 2013 has set a date.

Derrick Henry, a 6'3", 240-pound running back/athlete from Yulee (Fla.) High School will announce his decision before his game on Sept. 28, according to

Henry is a 5-star prospect and the No. 24 player in the country in the composite. The one-time Georgia commit now lists Alabama as his favorite, with Georgia and Tennessee also in the mix to secure his services.

Henry rushed 31 times for 336 yards and three touchdowns last night against Gainesville (Fla.) High School.

That's not a typo.

So what are the odds that Henry commits to a school other than Alabama?

Not good.

Henry seemed to enjoy his trip to Tuscaloosa earlier this summer. Alabama head coach Nick Saban vowed that he would be given a shot at running back with the Crimson Tide, rather than moving him to the defensive side of the football, according to

If he's going to run like he did on Thursday night at the college level, you can certainly understand why.

Henry has a visit scheduled to Tennessee for the Sept. 14 showdown vs. Florida, so the book isn't closed on the Vols.

It is closing on Georgia, though.

Alabama was the primary reason that Henry decommitted from Georgia in the first place. According to the incomparable Andy Staples of, of the 500 Rivals100 players from 2007-11, 73 decommitted at some point during their recruitment and 62 of those players signed elsewhere.

Those aren't good odds.

If Henry doesn't commit to the Crimson Tide on Sept. 28, consider that an upset.