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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Tenpenny visits Arkansas, still firm to Tide

By Greg Ostendorf

When Bret Bielema took over as the Arkansas head coach, he made ESPN 150 running back and Alabama commitment Altee Tenpenny a priority for the Razorbacks’ 2013 class. Over the weekend, Tenpenny took his official visit to Fayetteville.

“Everything went good,” he said. “I just enjoyed myself and my family enjoyed themselves.”

Tenpenny, an Arkansas native, spent a lot of time with Bielema and the rest of the coaching staff that he’s assembled since taking over last month.

“They were just telling me to stay at home and put on for this whole state,” Tenpenny said. “This whole staff has a different feel from the last staff. The last staff felt like it was all business. This staff feels like they just want to come together as a family and do some pretty things.”

Still, even after the visit, Tenpenny hasn’t changed his position.

“I’m still committed to Bama,” he said. “I’m still 100 percent.”

The 6-foot, 212-pound running back, ranked No. 81 overall, took his official visit to Alabama last weekend.

“It went great,” Tenpenny said. “I enjoyed myself in T-town, enjoyed the coaches, enjoyed the fans and enjoyed the players that I’m committed with.”

UA assistant coach Mike Groh, Tenpenny’s recruiting coordinator, has been keeping up with the Tide commitment both before and after his official visit to Arkansas this weekend. The two talked on Sunday when the 2013 recruit returned home.

“We really didn’t talk about too much,” Tenpenny said. “Before I went down there, he was just cracking little jokes, saying I can’t have too much fun. When I got back, he was just asking me how everything went and what I got planned for this week.”

Tenpenny says he won’t take any more official visits, but Arkansas has one last chance to make an impression this week. On Thursday, Bielema will make his in-home visit with Tenpenny and his family.