Alabama Recruit Derrick Henry Breaks National Rushing Record

By Will Wilson

It was only a matter of time before Yulee (Fla.) High School four-star running back Derrick Henry broke the national career-rushing yards record, and now, the record is his.

Henry set the record Friday night in a playoff game against Perry (Fla.) Taylor County under the lights, where milestones are meant to be broken.

The 6-foot-3, 238-pound Alabama commit passed Ken Hall’s previous record of 11,232 yards. He did it on a 52-yard touchdown run in the second quarter in Friday night’s game. The record stood for nearly 60 years from when Hall attended Sugar Land (Texas) High School from 1950-53.

The Crimson Tide recruit entered the night needing just 102 rushing yards to pass Hall. And get this stat – Henry has not been held below 200 yards on the ground in a game this season. He’s rushed for 3,270 yards in 10 games with 44 touchdowns.

Talk about Mr. Productivity.

Henry is the No. 3 athlete in the country according to the ESPN 150 and has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game (45) he’s play in during his career. He set Florida’s single-game rushing record earlier this year against Jacksonville Jackson where he rushed for 510 yards.

His 143 touchdowns rank seventh on the all-time list.

His size and speed make him a potential H-back when he arrives at Alabama. The Crimson Tide already have two commitments from ESPN 150 running backs in Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny. It could alter one of the three’s decision with such a loaded backfield for the future in Tuscaloosa.

Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.

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