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2012 Signing Class: Arkansas’ Target Zone

target-with-dartsArkansas added 23 players from 9 different states on Wednesday and Thursday.  A breakdown of the Razorbacks’ “target zone” is below:

 

Arkansas = 7 recruits

Florida = 4

California = 3

Texas = 3

Kansas = 2

Colorado = 1

Georgia = 1

Hawaii = 1

New Jersey = 1

 

In-State Signees = 30.4%

Out-Of-State Signees = 69.5%

 

Observation:

Bret Bielema successfully locked down his state’s borders.  As a small state, Arkansas doesn’t produce a great deal of local prospects.  Those top players inside the state need to be held onto.  The Hogs signed seven in-state kids overall and they just happened to be seven of the eight highest-ranked players in the state.  Unfortunately, Alabama came in and grabbed the state’s top running back in Altee Tenpenny.  The bizarre signing of Alex Collins from Florida should help to make up for that loss.  Moving forward, let’s see if Bielema and crew are able to pull more kids from Texas and Oklahoma.

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Henry Chooses Alabama

Derrick Henry surprised no one Friday afternoon when he announced his commitment to Alabama.

The running back from Yulee (Fla.) High School chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia and Tennessee.

“I love the program,” Henry said, according to ESPN RecruitingNation. “I love the coaches. I love coach (Nick) Saban and the rest of the coaches and the other players. I just feel like I have a chance to be very successful at that program on the field and off the field. They have been superior at my position and superior in the SEC over the last three or four years. It’s looking good at Alabama and I’m just ready to get down there and get to work.”

Henry’s decision to attend Alabama has been met with criticism by some because of Alabama’s depth at running back.

“When will Henry play?” some have asked.

The answer is next year if he’s good enough. It’s true Henry will face plenty of competition. If Eddie Lacy returns for his senior year next season, Henry will battle Lacy and underclassmen Dee Hart and T.J. Yeldon for snaps.

But Saban has proven the best players will play. And most five-star prospects believe they’re good enough to earn playing time no matter what kind of competition they face.

Henry is the third running back to commit to Alabama’s class of 2013, joining Tyren Jones from Marietta, Ga., and Altee Tenpenny from North Little Rock, Ark.

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Tenpenny ’99 Percent Solid’ To Alabama

Running back Altee Tenpenny from North Little Rock, Ark., plans to take all five of his official visits this fall to help decide if Alabama is the right school for him.

“With Alabama, I’m 99 percent solid,” Tenpenny told 247Sports. “The one percent is just the recruiting process, since you know anything can happen. I want to take all my visits and just enjoy it.”

Those visits will be to Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Notre Dame and a “toss up” school, most likely Auburn or Vanderbilt.

“I mean, they’re great schools, and I just want to see what they have to offer,” said Tenpenny, who’s considered the nation’s fourth-best running back by 247Sports.

Tenpenny is one of two running backs committed to Alabama’s 2013 class, joining Tyren Jones from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga.

The Crimson Tide has continued to recruit other 2013 running backs, including Derrick Green from Richmond, Va., Derrick Henry from Yulee, Fla., and Alvin Kamara from Norcross, Ga.

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LSU Pursuing Tide Commit Jones

Tyren Jones’ commitment to Alabama hasn’t affected LSU’s interest in the running back from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga.

The Tigers appear to still be in heavy pursuit of Jones despite his pledge to Alabama.

Despite that “solid” pledge, Jones’ recruitment could still be worth monitoring. The Crimson Tide already has a commitment from running back Altee Tenpenny from North Little Rock, Ark. Another running back choosing Alabama could influence Jones to look elsewhere, including LSU.

Other schools to offer Jones include Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and North Carolina.

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Tuesday Morning Headlines

Here are some headlines to begin your Tuesday.

-Here’s a list of top offensive performers and top defensive performers at The Opening in Oregon.

-There was some good and bad from Nike’s The Opening last week.

-Alabama linebacker commit Dillon Lee stood out last week in Oregon.

-Here’s a look at several prospects being recruited by Arkansas.

-2013 running back Altee Tenpenny is already being touted as a top prospect in his signing class.

-Here’s another 2013 prospect gaining attention. Florida is an early favorite.

-Quarterback Will Gardner chose Louisville over a couple SEC schools.

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