HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — It’s finally official, Emmanuel Henderson is taking his talents to Tuscaloosa.
The Geneva County running back verbally committed to play college football at The University of Alabama.
“I am proud to announce I’m taking my talents and football career playing at… The University of Alabama,” Henderson announced.
This is the day the five-star recruit has been waiting for his entire football career.
“It means a lot,” Henderson said. “It’s a special day. I’ve been blood sweat and tears for this day right here. I’m just very excited for the outcome.”
With 30 offers from division one programs across the country he chose a school that consistently produces NFL running backs and wins national championships.
He said he’s known for a few weeks.
“About a couple weeks ago,” Henderson said. “You know after talking with their coaching staff, getting to know them more, they’ve been showing a lot of love to me, so that’s when I found out.”
The recruitment process has changed a lot since last March, but the Crimson Tide had their eyes on Henderson before the pandemic.
“They started early,” Geneva County Head Coach Jim Bob Striplin said. “I mean Charles Kelly came in and two days later he had Nick Saban in my office. Looking back, Nick Saban was actually the only head coach who was able to come before the quarantine hit.”
Striplin having played quarterback at Auburn knows what it takes to excel at the college level.
He believes Henderson has the skills to do just that.
“The biggest thing that separates him from anybody else who is a good player is his ability to do it every single outing he does it every time its not just one time every couple weeks,” Striplin said. “And that says a lot about the greats and who they are.”
Henderson said Tuscaloosa already gives him a home feeling but he still has a year to wait before he can make the move.
Until then he’s looking forward to his senior season as a Bulldog.
“Overall I want to be a great teammate, lead my team to a state championship,” Henderson said. “And I just want to be a leader on and off the field.”