Derrick Henry names Alabama his leader

It might not have come as much of a surprise, but Yulee, Fla., athlete Derrick Henry announced the University of Alabama as his leader on Monday via Twitter. The ESPN 150 star was relieved to finally get it out there.

“I just wanted to get it out of the way,” Henry said. “A lot of people have been thinking it, and a lot of people have been asking me about it, so I just wanted to get it out of the way and let everybody know. Now people can stop wondering and asking me.”

Last month, Henry decommitted from the University of Georgia after a visit to Tuscaloosa -- and it was that trip that has put the Crimson Tide on top.

“Since spring, they’ve been recruiting me real hard,” Henry said. “I really like Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt and the way he’s been recruiting me. I finally got down there last month and saw everything. I really enjoyed it, meeting with the coaches and meeting with the players, seeing everything for myself all at one time.

“The past few years speak for itself with what Coach [Nick] Saban has done with the program and how the players turned out to be first-round picks at my position. Trent [Richardson] and Mark Ingram were very, very successful at Alabama.”

Although Henry is listed as an athlete, the UA coaching staff plans to use the 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect as a running back if he chooses the Tide. That’s the position he’s set on playing.

Alabama might be his leader, but Henry still plans to wait until after his senior season before making a decision. He’s still considering Georgia, and he also wants to visit Tennessee later this month.

Henry will head to Oregon this week to compete in The Opening.