Henry visits Alabama

ESPN 150 athlete Derrick Henry visited the University of Alabama over the weekend with his head coach Bobby Ramsay and one of his assistants, and the group was given the full tour.

It was Henry’s first time in Tuscaloosa since the LSU game last fall.

“It was really nice,” Ramsay said. “We’ve been wanting to try and get him up there for a while. He went up there for the LSU game, but that was just a zoo. He got a chance to have a more low-key time, see everything and get to meet a lot of different people.

“He got to meet the strength coach. He got to spend some time with Coach [Nick] Saban, got to spend some time with Coach [Burton] Burns one-on-one. He got to meet some of the players, see the facilities, meet some of the support people who are involved with the program and really get good a good, solid understanding of how they do things there.”

Scouts and analysts still question what Henry’s role will be at the next level, but on the visit to UA, Saban made it clear that Alabama wants the 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete as a running back. It’s been that way from the start with Crimson Tide coaching staff.

“Not to say he couldn’t be a phenomenal defensive player, but Coach Saban and the staff there, they’ve recruited him as a running back from the get go,” Ramsay said. “Coach Saban just reiterated that this weekend with him.

“With any school, that’s probably been first and foremost, what am I being recruited as?”

Alabama has two running back commitments for 2013, Tyren Jones and Altee Tenpenny, but that won’t affect Henry’s decision because he knows there’s going to be competition anywhere, and he will still have a role with the Tide if he goes there.

“One thing you notice about Alabama is that everybody has a specific role,” Ramsay said. “With Derrick, I think he’s a little different back than those other two as far as when you have a lead, he can be a kid that can close the game for you, shorten the game for you and still have the breakaway speed to get you another couple touchdowns.”