Yulee running back Derrick Henry shakes off a tackle by Jerome Thomas during the first quarter against Jackson. [Photo Credit: Woody Huband/Jacksonville.com]

Derrick Henry, Alabama Crimson Tide Recruit, Breaks National Rushing Record

Alabama Crimson Tide running back recruit Derrick Henry solidified his place in high school football history on Friday by breaking one of the nation’s longest standing records.

During a state playoff game against Taylor Country, the Yulee High senior tailback galloped for a 52-yard touchdown that broke Ken Hall’s national rushing record. Hall set the record as a running back for Sugar Land during from 1950-53. Hall expressed his happiness for Henry after he saw his record fall.

“I’m glad for him,” Hall told the Florida Times-Union. “I’ve always said when it’s broken I hope they will honor it, be humble about it and realize that they alone didn’t do it.”

Henry finished the game with 482 yards and six touchdowns.

Couldn’t have been a better night,” Henry said. “It’ll probably be emotional when I get home, step back and realize what I just did.”

The Alabama recruit is now the holder of high school football’s career rushing record with an incredible 11,612 yards. Earlier in the season, Henry broke the Florida state single-game record with 502 rushing yards in a single outing.

Henry has rushed for at least 200 yards in every game this season and had 3,270 yards and 44 touchdowns during his team’s ten regular season games.

If the national rushing record wasn’t enough for Henry, he also owns the national record with 45 consecutive games of at least 100 yards rushing. It’s safe to say that the 6-foot-3, 240-pound running back is a promising talent for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide offense.

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