Derrick Henry helps Tide recruit Tunsil

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban has never had any trouble when it comes to recruiting. But he’s getting a little extra help with the recruitment of five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Ever since ESPN 150 stars Derrick Henry and DeMarcus Walker committed to Alabama at the beginning of the season, they have been doing their part to help lure their friend and fellow Florida native to Tuscaloosa.

Recently, Tunsil visited UA for the Texas A&M game, the same weekend Henry was in town. Henry had already taken his official visit to Alabama earlier in the year, but he spent most of his time talking with Tunsil on this go-around.

“It was a good atmosphere even though we lost,” Henry said. “I really liked it. The trip went good overall. I just watched the game, and me and Laremy were talking most of the time.”

More importantly, Henry felt like Tunsil had a good time on the visit.

“He really enjoyed it, the atmosphere and everything about Alabama,” Henry said. “I think the trip went good. I think he stayed a little later than I did. I haven’t talked to him since, but I’m planning to talk to him soon.”

At Yulee (Fla.) High School, Henry just became the career all-time leading rusher at the high school level. The 6-foot-3, 243-pound athlete is expected to start out at running back for the Tide, but he wants Tunsil on board to block for him one day. The two discussed playing together at the next level.

“I was just saying that I wanted to play with him and how me and him would be great together,” Henry said. “If he came, I would work him every day, and I’d expect the same thing from him for me. We were just talking about playing together, talking about Alabama.”

Tunsil is expected to wait until signing day to make a decision, but right now he has Alabama and Georgia out front.

Henry’s mind is already made up, and it’s not changing. The four-star back plans to graduate early and enroll at UA shortly after he plays in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

Just like every other Alabama fan, he was excited when Kansas State and Oregon lost last weekend to put the Tide back in the driver’s seat for another BCS title.

“That puts us back in the hunt,” Henry said. “As long as we take care of Auburn and Georgia in the SEC championship, we’ll be back in the national championship.”