Tenpenny spends spring break at Bama

March, 25, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Most high school seniors take to the beach for their spring break. Not ESPN 150 running back Altee Tenpenny. Instead, he visited the University of Alabama, his home for the next three to five years.

Altee Tenpenny
Tom Hauck for ESPN.comAltee Tenpenny made his way to Tuscaloosa to check out Alabama's spring practice.
Tenpenny spent four days in Tuscaloosa, where he met with the coaches and the players and watched the Crimson Tide’s first week of spring practice.

“It was good,” he said. “I went down there and really got to see the environment, the tempo of their practice and got to see what they were doing.”

This spring, all eyes have been on freshman sensation T.J. Yeldon and early enrollee Derrick Henry, but it was the veteran of the group who pulled Tenpenny aside and gave him advice during practice.

“The one that I communicated with the most was Jalston Fowler,” Tenpenny said. “I watched the drills, and he would come over there and tell me what was going on and what Coach [Burton] Burns kind of expected.”

As for Burns, Alabama’s running backs coach, he’s ready to get Tenpenny on campus.

“He was just telling me what he expected of the running backs and how he expected us to practice,” Tenpenny said. “He told me when I come down there, he expects me to get to work.”

On his visit, Tenpenny toured the Tide’s new weight room. Because of track, he’s only been able to lift in his spare time, but he says he’s can’t wait to put some work in when he gets to UA. He plans to return in April for Alabama’s spring game.

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