LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN 150 running back Altee Tenpenny (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock) has been committed to Alabama for six months. But as the Crimson Tide staff knows all too well, until they enroll in classes in Tuscaloosa, a committed prospect is still up for grabs.
Following the decommitment of fellow longtime pledges Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and Andy Dodd (Pepperell, Ga./Pepperell), Tenpenny was in Fayetteville, Ark. to check out the in-state Razorbacks.
“It was great going to the Arkansas camp,” Tenpenny said while at Champion Gridiron Kings. “All of the coaches and fans showed me love. My main reason for going was because it was the last camp before my senior year, so I wanted to share the experience with my teammates and my coaches.”
With the possibility of fellow four-star running back Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) becoming running back commit No. 3 for Alabama next month, Tenpenny admits the situation in the Arkansas backfield contrasts that of the defending National Champions.
“All I know is that after this year, all three of the top running backs at Arkansas will be gone after this year,” Tenpenny said. “The only back left would be Jonathan Williams, and the spot is up for grabs other than that. It is a big factor because you always want to go to a school where you can get some playing time and get your feet wet early. But there are other things other than playing time that you have to consider like being comfortable around the players and feeling at home at the school.”
Arkansas is one of five schools Tenpenny plans to give an official visit, and the 6-foot, 212-pound running back talked about the other four lucky programs.
“Georgia is an SEC school that was a great contender last year that went to the SEC Championship,” Tenpenny said. “I just want to go see what they are about. Notre Dame is just a different school with a different environment. I am used to seeing down south and I just want to see something else. Jemal Singleton, the running backs coach at Oklahoma State is a really good coach and Coach (Mike) Gundy shows me love. I want to go up there to repay the respect for them continuing to show me love. I have a great feeling about Alabama. It is a great school and I am excited about being part of the program.”
For now, Tenpenny plans to focus on his commitment and trying to help his team win a state championship this fall. After that, it could be anyone’s guess.