What to Make of 5-Star Derrick Henry's Decision Date Change

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIISeptember 5, 2012

Via Scout.com
Via Scout.com

Five-star running back Derrick Henry has moved his decision date up one day, which is always exciting, but don't get too excited just yet, especially if you're a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Here's the report from Chad Simmons of Scout.com:

Derrick Henry was set to announce his decision on September 28, but he has changed his plans. He is still committing in September, just on a different date.

"I am committing on September 27 now instead of September 28," Derrick Henry told Scout Tuesday night.

The three finalists are Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

Now, while Alabama fans may feel all giddy about the fact that their program is mentioned first, I would caution against getting too excited.

Even if Henry does decide to roll with the Crimson Tide, he does have a history of backing out of his commitment. He's already been verbally committed to Georgia once, but he decided to open his options back up. This is a huge decision for the guy, and it goes without saying that a verbal commitment is only so strong.

Also, as of last Saturday there's also a new factor Henry is going to have to consider: Alabama freshman running back T.J. Yeldon.

In his first game with the Tide, Yeldon ran all over the Michigan Wolverines for an impressive 111 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries. There's a very real chance that Yeldon could be the next great back to be featured at Alabama, but with that also comes the very real possibility of a loss of playing time for Henry.

As a 5-star recruit, Henry should be expecting to be a programs feature back sooner rather than later, but with Yeldon holding down that role for the Tide just a year ahead of him, the chances of that have decreased dramatically.

Alabama fans may be used to seeing their program at the top of lists, but this is an instance where I wouldn't recommend holding your breath if your a fan of the Crimson Tide.

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