June 11, 2012

Henry's coach gives latest

If you've paid attention to the recruiting scene in the last few weeks, then you are probably very familiar with the recruitment of Yulee (Yulee, Fla.) athlete Derrick Henry.

Henry committed to Georgia last summer, and had been an active recruiter for the Bulldogs up until a couple of months ago when Tennessee crept into the picture.

Just a few weeks ago, the defending national champions, Alabama, made its move, and Henry was in Tuscaloosa this past weekend to see what the Crimson Tide had to offer.

According to Yulee head coach Bobby Ramsay, the visit to Alabama could not have gone better, but it was also similar to the trips Henry had taken to UGA and Tennessee.

"He had a great visit to Alabama and really enjoyed his time there," said Ramsay. "Nothing has changed really, and he is still committed to Georgia right now. It was a good time for him and he got to spend time with Coach (Nick) Saban. He was impressed, but I will say that this visit was basically what he did at Georgia and Tennessee. He visited those schools and gave them their shot and this was him giving Alabama its shot."

A lot of the buzz around the four star athlete leading up to his visit to Tuscaloosa was about a possible flip from Georgia to Alabama, and, after the visit, Henry tweeted that he would be releasing a statement concerning his recruitment sometime soon.

Ramsay, however, believes that if a flip occurs and if a statement is released, it will be later rather than sooner.

"I know he is going to sit down and talk about it with the people around him," said Ramsay. "He is going to make sure he is making the right decision, but I don't see anything happening in the next couple of days for sure. I don't really believe anything is going to happen soon, honestly. I think he is going to take his time, but he isn't the kind of kid that is going to put the hats on the table and throw down a Georgia or Alabama hat and pick the other school or pick Tennessee. He isn't going to wait until the last minute and make it all about him either."

Much of the discussion that has accompanied Henry's recruitment has centered around his desire and ability to play running back at the next level, and Ramsay believes that each of the schools the Rivals100 prospect is considering have made it clear where they stand on that issue.

"I feel that Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee have all been genuine about recruiting Derrick at running back," said Ramsay. "They have all been up front with him about it and other schools have too. Other schools have come in and said that they like him at running back, but they really love him as a defensive end. Derrick wants to play running back and have that opportunity. Alabama made it clear this weekend that they want him as a running back, and Georgia and Tennessee have made that clear also."

While many coaches may be hesitant to give their opinion or go on the record in regards to a player's recruitment, Ramsay isn't at all shy about letting everyone know where he stands when it comes to Henry's recruitment.

"I can say that each school has done a good job recruiting him," he said. "I wasn't all that happy when he committed to Georgia, but it had nothing to do with Georgia. They are a great program, and I have no issue there. I was just worried about it because he did it at such a young age. I don't have a problem with him going there, but we also don't like for our players to flip to other schools and change their mind a lot. We aren't big on the committing then decommitting thing. We know a kid may change his mind and we aren't going to be down on him for that, but we just want the decision to be as firm as possible."

If Henry does indeed wait a while before making a final decision on where he will play his college ball, future visits will undoubtedly have a huge impact on that decision.

Ramsay, however, is only sure of one more trip Henry will be taking this summer and it won't be to any of the schools he is considering.

"The only thing I know he is doing is going to The Opening in Oregon. I know the UT coaches are trying to get him on campus, and the Georgia coaches are trying to get him on campus too. It is all going to come down to whether or not we can get him there," Ramsay said "It is pretty tough to get to these places sometimes with the long drives and all. The summer looks pretty open at the start, but when you start committing to going places and doing things on the weekend it becomes pretty short, so he is going to do what he can when it comes to visiting schools."

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