The Tennessee football Volunteers are in the four-star Alabama running back’s top 10.
Elite running backs have been a constant focus for Tennessee football ever since Jeremy Pruitt took over the Vols as head coach, and that showed again for a 2022 prospect. Pruitt has the Vols trending for an elite prospect from his home state.
Emmanuel Henderson, a 6’1″ 185-pound prospect out of Geneva County High School in Hartford, Ala., has Rocky Top in his top 10. Despite being a four-star on Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN, he is actually a five-star on the 247Sports Composite.
In addition to Tennessee football, Henderson has the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, South Carolina Gamecocks and USC Trojans on his list. He announced the schools on Twitter.
Top 10! pic.twitter.com/2x56ASJxnJ
— emmanuel henderson (@emmanuelhende17) October 21, 2020
With Ty Chandler as a senior and the prospect that Eric Gray could leave after the 2021 season, it’s clear that the Vols need more depth at running back for the future. Carlin Fils-Aime, who is taking this year off, could be back in 2021 as well, but that will be his last year.
Tee Hodge and Jabari Small are two three-star backs who joined the 2020 class, and Small has already seen action at the position. Dee Beckwith, an athlete who committed in 2020, worked out some at running back but hasn’t yet seen any action.
Three-star running back Jaylen Wright and four-star running back Cody Brown are commitments in the Vols’ 2021 class. Athletes Christian Charles, Kaemen Marley and Elijah Howard, all of whom also committed for 2021, could play running back as well. As a result, Pruitt has enough players committed for depth, but Henderson could certainly add to that, with more talent, for the future.
Currently, Auburn is a unanimous favorite to land Henderson on the 247Sports Crystal Ball and a majority favorite on the Rivals Fan Future Cast, but there are no favorites to land him on the Rivals Future Cast. That means Tennessee football could certainly be in play, and with guys like Tee Martin on the staff, they definitely have a pipeline into South Alabama.