And just like that, another top recruit is snatched up by the Alabama Crimson Tide. Running back Derrick Henry just gave his verbal commitment to head coach Nick Saban and company live on ESPNU Sept. 28, just after 3 p.m. ET.
Henry is considered a 5-star player by Scout.com and previously had given his verbal commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs before decommitting earlier in the year. He had offers on the table from every top school in the country, but picked Alabama over Tennessee, the other school that was recruiting him the hardest.
Now that the Crimson Tide have added yet another terrific player, is this truly Henry's final decision before national signing day takes place?
If Henry were to pick Tennessee over Alabama, I would say the odds would be pretty good, but he went ahead and picked the school everybody wants to attend nowadays. There is not one program that is built to win national championships more than Alabama, and that is what 5-star recruits want to achieve in college.
Sure, Henry's amount of playing time may decrease a little bit because of the depth at the position, but I'm sure any player would trade fewer carries for a couple of crystal footballs any day.
Henry already has backed out of a commitment with Georgia, which means there is a possibility that he could do the same with Alabama. But the fact is that any recruit can renege on a verbal commitment until they sign their letter of intent in February.
The truth is there isn't a bigger program to play for at the moment than the Alabama Crimson Tide. They have won two of the last three national championships, the program is currently the overwhelming No. 1 team in the country and, with the way Saban is recruiting, there is a great chance the success will continue.
There once was a time when everybody wanted to attend Notre Dame; a decade ago everybody wanted to be a Miami Hurricane; and now the school of choice has become Alabama.
Will Alabama be Derrick Henry's final choice?
This verbal commitment means Alabama is not going anywhere anytime soon. And while we already knew that, the Crimson Tide will continue to be set at the running back position. Already stocked up with backs such as Eddie Lacy, T.J. Yeldon and Dee Hart, Henry will continue adding to the party in 2013, as Alabama is looking to have the deepest backfield in the country.
The possibilities are always there that a young player could develop cold feet, but Tuscaloosa is the dream school at the moment for most 5-star players, which means the chances are low that Henry backs out.
Henry is a huge back at 6'3" and 243 pounds, and he also runs a 4.7, according to his ESPN profile—not too shabby for a back his size. Alabama will continue to reload with running backs, while most other teams are trying to replace talent. Congratulations, Coach Saban, you did it again.