June 25, 2011

Ready for return trip

Derrick Henry admitted Friday to be "blown away" during his first visit to Georgia back in March.

With that memory still fresh in his mind, the fast-rising running back from Yulee (Fla.) is anxious to see what his second visit holds when he returns to Athens for Georgia's Annual Dawg Night set for July 15.

"I really liked what I saw," Henry said. "I'm very excited to get on the field and get in some work; get in there with the coaches."

Coaches - not just those wearing Red and Black - already like what they see.

At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Henry has already rushed for a combined 5,263 yards and 65 touchdowns heading into his upcoming junior campaign.

But despite those numbers, Henry still feels he has a lot to prove and insists he simply won't be going through the motions when he arrives in Athens in three weeks.

"I want them (coaches) to watch me and see that I've been working on the things they told me to work on," said Henry, whose main Bulldog recruiter is wide receivers coach Tony Ball.

"Coach Ball is real cool," Henry said. "He's real laid back. He's told me how they would use me and what kind of back I would be in their system. He doesn't make any wild promises, just talks about what Georgia has to offer."

Henry admits he wasn't expecting a whole lot prior to making his first visit to Athens.

But after seeing what the Bulldogs had to offer, his opinion quickly changed.

"It surprised me a little bit because I didn't expect it to be like it was," he said. "I thought it was going to be just like any other college but they showed us the dorm, the facility and the locker room was just so nice that I was blown away."

Henry isn't kidding.

Although he says he remains wide open, Henry is quick to include Georgia in a group that includes Florida, Florida State, Alabama, North Carolina, Miami and South Carolina as schools that are recruiting him the hardest.

Henry was actually on his way to Miami when contacted by UGASports, one of several trips he has planned this summer, including an upcoming Nike camp at Oregon.

Camden County quarterback Brice Ramsey has a lot in common with Henry.

Despite living in different states, Henry said he and Ramsey actually reside a mere 10 minutes apart, and have become close friends.

So close, in fact that the two have talked about attending the same school.

"We've talked about it; we joke around talking about it," Henry said. "We always how the other one is doing, where we're going and who we're looking at."

Meanwhile, Henry said he will continue to hone his skills.

"I kind of compare myself to Eric Dickerson because he was a big back," he said. "But I know I still have a lot to learn if I want to live up to my full potential."

That includes learning how to use his size to his advantage.

"My coaches are always telling me to stay low going through the holes and not stay high because in college I'll get stuffed and it will lead to injuries," he said. "I need to deliver the blow and not let them get low on me. Just be more physical, make sure I'm running right and doing the right things."

Anthony Dasher is
the managing editor for UGASports
and he can be reached via email at dash@ugasports.com.



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