The decision for the North Little Rock, Ark., native was not a surprise, but it is still a question mark in the minds of Razorback fans.
Arkansas is currently depleted at the running back position. Seniors Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo, Jr. have graduated. Knile Davis has entered the NFL draft. All of the other running backs on the current roster are freshmen.
Tenpenny’s stiffest competition for the Razorbacks’ starting job would have been Jonathan Williams or recent recruit Alex Collins. He would have had a much greater chance of starting and making a greater immediate splash as a freshman at Arkansas than he will at Alabama.
Alabama has the championships and the stronger roster. But along with championships and a stronger roster comes the talent pool and chart depth that go with them.
Tenpenny will be lucky to see much playing time during the 2013 season, and possibly during the 2014 season. Signing with Arkansas would have taken the luck out of it. It is always better for a player’s development if he can get game experience and chances to carry the ball right away.
Maybe Tenpenny will get some attention with the Tide this year, but it will in no way compare to what he could have gotten playing for his hometown team in his home state in front of home fans.