HARTFORD, Ala. (WDHN) — It was an exciting day for the entire college football world and right here in the Wiregrass.

Geneva County standout Emmanuel Henderson finally made it official signing with the University of Alabama, a day he’s been waiting for for quite some time.

Henderson committed to Alabama back in March and says finally signing his National Letter of Intent feels great.

“There’s been a lot of work put in to be at this point,” Henderson said. “I’ve built a great relationship with the coaching staff up there and I’ve found that’s the school I want to be at.”

The highly sought after five-star chose the Crimson Tide over more than 25 division one programs that offered him.

More than just the dominant football program stood out to Henderson about suiting up for the Tide.

“The family vibe they have up there,” Henderson said. “The way the coaches interact with their own players, I really love it up there.”

The star running back rushed for more than 5,000 yards in his time as a Bulldog.

Henderson’s senior season with the Bulldogs he rushed 128 times for 1,802 yards averaging just over 14 yards per carry.

He scored 25 times including a personal record 97-yard touchdown.

His talent clearly shows on the field, but Geneva County Head Coach Jim Bob Striplin says he stands out off the field as well.

“You did a great job representing our school and our team for four years and beyond,” Striplin said. “Every accolade you get man you deserve it. I just can’t say how proud I am of you enough. We’ll be following you the whole way, got your back the whole way. We love you.”

Henderson is a multi-sport athlete for the Bulldogs, something he believes has helped him on the gridiron.

“Mentally basketball and football are different,” Henderson said. “You can keep conditioned so I think it helps out a lot playing different sports.”

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban says Henderson’s willingness to do whatever he needs for his team is one of his best qualities.

“I think the guy has special athletic ability, probably could be a receiver could be a running back,” Saban said. “Where he fits the best we’ll probably be able to figure out better once he gets here and we start working with him and can actually evaluate his skill set first hand. We think he’s an outstanding young man and player who has great potential.”

Once he gets to Tuscaloosa in the summer he’ll focus only on football and he’s ready to hit the ground running with the Crimson Tide.

“I’m getting ready to be on the field so, it feels great,” Henderson said.

Henderson says he’s prepared to play running back and slot receiver in college.