Running back Emmanuel Henderson announced his commitment to Alabama on Saturday, choosing Crimson Tide over offerings from some of the nation’s biggest programs, including Auburn, Georgia, Clemson and others.
Henderson, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound resident of Geneva County High School in Hartford, Alabama, is the 12th pick on the ESPN Junior 300 overall rankings.
He is the top-ranked rider in the class and continues a string of successful recruits at the position for Crimson Tide, who have signed five top-10 riders for the position in the past three classes. If Henderson signs with Alabama in December or February, he would do six in four classes.
It’s Alabama’s third engagement to ESPN 300 in the 2022 class, joining Tennessee quarterback Ty Simpson, the No. 27 pick overall, and linebacker Robert Woodyard, the No. 88 prospect overall.
Alabama is currently behind Ohio State, Penn State, LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Texas A&M and Notre Dame in ESPN 300 engagements in this class. However, Crimson Tide has seen quite a lot of staff turnover this offseason with Steve Sarkisian, Jeff Banks and Kyle Flood going to Texas and Charles Huff taking over as head coach at Marshall.
Given those personnel changes and the deadline due to COVID-19, it’s not unusual for Alabama’s recruitment to be behind where it historically is at this time.