On Friday night four-star high school running Derrick Henry broke the nation career rushing record in his school’s Yulee High School’s playoff game versus Perry Taylor County High School.
The record previously belonged to Ken Hall with 11, 232 rushing yards for nearly 60 years until Henry topped it on a 52-yard touchdown run in the second quarter of the game. Hall set the mark while playing for Sugarland High School in Texas from 1950-53. Henry also set the Florida high school single game mark earlier this season when he rushed for 510 yards in a contest versus Jacksonville Jackson High.
This season Henry has rushed for over 200 yards in each of his teams games and entered Friday’s playoff game with 3,270 rushing yards and 44 touchdowns in games played on the year. Prior to the game Hall needed just 102 rushing yards to break the record and did so rather easily.
Henry is the 26th ranked senior player in the nation according to ESPN’s top 150 and is also the third ranked athlete amongst the class. The 6’3″, 238-pound back who combines speed and power rather effortlessly has committed to attend the University of Alabama next fall and will without question be another star recruit for Nick Saban‘s Crimson Tide program.
Henry also ranks seventh on the national career rushing touchdown list with his 143 trips to the endzone over the past four seasons. Throughout Henry’s illustrious high school career, the back has rushed for over 100 yards in a game on 45 separate occasions as well. It will be interesting to see what the new national career rushing record holder can do at the next level during the 2013 season and beyond.