- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Despite having two tight ends already committed for 2013, Alabama continues to recruit the position, and over the weekend, the Crimson Tide hosted ESPN 150 tight end and Arkansas commitment Hunter Henry (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) on his official visit.
“It went great,” Henry said. “It was a great visit, and I had a really good time. The result of the game wasn’t what everyone wanted, but in the end, it was a really good visit.”
It was the first time Henry had been to a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, and although the Tide came up short against Texas A&M, the game itself was the highlight of his trip.
“The game definitely stuck out to me, just because of the atmosphere and the stadium and everything,” Henry said. “It was awesome to me. I loved it.
“It’s definitely really loud there, and it was a close game, so it was loud the whole game. It was just going back-and-forth, back-and-forth. It was really awesome to be there and to see all that.”
On his visit, Henry spent a lot of time with UA head coach Nick Saban and the entire coaching staff. They talked about how the 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end could fit in at Alabama despite commitments from O.J. Howard and Josh McNeil.
Both Howard and McNeil were also on campus over the weekend.
“There’s tight ends on the roster right now that could play other positions, like a fullback or somewhere else,” Henry said. “Even O.J. [Howard] could play anywhere. He’s so athletic, and he’s just such a good player, he could play anywhere on the whole entire field.”
Before he starts looking at where he would fit in with the Tide, Henry needs to figure out his own situation, and for now, he’s still committed to Arkansas. However, Alabama made quite an impression on the visit.
“I’m still committed to Arkansas, but it was definitely a great visit this weekend, and it kind of opened my eyes,” Henry said. “It was really fun. It’s just a tough situation at Arkansas with the coaches and everything. It’s going to get better, but Alabama is a great program. I really like it down there a lot.”
The Arkansas native wants to wait and see who the Razorbacks name to be their next head coach before he goes forward with the recruiting process. He says the Alabama coaches understand the situation and plan to give him time to make his decision.
Henry says he also might take an official visit to Georgia before signing day.
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