Why Five-Star Recruit Derrick Henry Will Be The Next Big Thing For Alabama Football

By Michael Terrill
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The Alabama Crimson Tide football program may have nabbed what could be the next big running back in college football. Five-star recruit Derrick Henry is loaded with potential and is prepared to make a name for himself in Tuscaloosa.

Henry is one of six five-star recruits that make up the 25 person recruiting class for Alabama, which is ranked No. 1 in the country by several media outlets. Henry is one of five Crimson Tide recruits that played in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl game and is one of seven players to already be attending classes at the University of Alabama. Henry was named to Parade Magazine’s All-America team and was a member of USA Today’s All-USA High School Football Team in 2011.

Needless to say, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete comes highly recommended. Henry’s No. 9 ranking in ESPN’s top 150 is the highest among all players in the 2013 Alabama recruiting class. There is no question he has a long road ahead of him to live up to the hype, but anyone that knows the young man out of Yulee, Florida can confirm he is mentally prepared for what roadblocks lie ahead.

Henry is best suited to play running back and it would be a huge mistake for the Crimson Tide to try and move him to a different position. He has incredible breakaway speed, agility and overall athleticism to make him a top notch back in the SEC. He already understands the pressure that comes along with being the best after breaking several rushing records in high school. Henry will learn a lot from playing behind T.J. Yeldon and has all the makings to help Alabama win a third consecutive National Championship.

Considering the Crimson Tide have arguably the best offensive line in college football, and the 2013 class ensures a solid group of men up front for the next few years, Henry could have the ability to break rushing records at the collegiate level as well.

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