- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- On a record-breaking night, ESPN 150 athlete Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) has set his announcement date to choose between Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia.
In a 51-28 loss to Gainesville High School Thursday night, Henry rushed for 336 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. Henry broke former Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian star Willie McClendon's streak of 33 consecutive 100-yard rushing games from 1985-87. Henry has still never rushed for under the century mark in his high school career.
At 8,200 career rushing yards, Henry moves in to third place on the state of Florida's all-time career rushing list, trailing only Emmitt Smith and Florida running back commit Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day).
Henry, who's three touchdowns covered 80, 79 and 70 yards, was humble about his record performance.
“There’s more to come,” Henry said. “I’m working hard day-by-day, every practice, working out after practice to be the best back I can.”
As for recruiting, Henry will make his college decision on Sept. 28, the morning of the Yulee-Glades Day game. Henry says that Alabama is still leading followed by Tennessee and then Georgia.
“When I went down there they were competitive,” Henry said of Tennessee. “Their leadership is up. I look for them to have a good season. Georgia is a top powerhouse on their side of the SEC and Alabama has been an elite team the past three years.”
As of now, Henry has only scheduled one official visit to Tennessee when the Volunteers host the Florida Gators on Sept. 15.
“Hopefully when I get to the Florida game, they’ll be rolling and their stadium will be rocking so I can see what the intensity is like,” Henry said.
When it comes down to a decision, Henry says he just wants to feel at home whereever he chooses.
“Just somewhere I feel at home and I can make a big impact on the field and off the field as well," he said, "and people I can trust because I’m going there for four years.”
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