- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama hosted a small contingent of visitors for the Western Carolina game on Saturday, but all of the top recruits were watching as Kansas and Oregon were knocked off, opening the door for the Crimson Tide to play in the BCS title game for the second year in a row.
Many of Alabama’s top 2013 commitments took to Twitter with their reaction when they found out the Tide were back in it.
TE O.J. Howard (@TheRealOjHoward): “Despite all my bad luck this week, end up being best bday weekend ever!! Thanks to some upsets Roll Tide!!
ATH Derrick Henry (@KingHenry_2): “Thank you Stanford & Baylor, y’all are greatly appreciated. #RollTide #WorldWide
WR Raheem Falkins (@bigplay12): “T-town = Title town #RollTide”
OL Bradley Bozeman (@bigbrad78): “We back in this!!! #ROLLTIDE!”
Before all the BCS drama on Saturday, Henry created his own headlines on Friday night when he broke the national record for career-rushing yards at the high school level.
The Alabama commitment carried the ball 58 times for 482 yards and six touchdowns as he surpassed Ken Hall’s previous record of 11,232 yards in the second quarter. Henry now has 11,612 yards and 148 touchdowns in his career.
“Breaking this record means a lot to me,” he said. "I’m glad I could share it with my coaches, my teammates and all of Yulee. They all helped me get to this point. I don’t think it will really hit me until I’m done with football.”