UF had a 6-foot-3, 230-pound running back at its practice Thursday.
Too bad he wasn’t in pads.
The Gators could sure use Derrick Henry in their backfield right now.
The 2013 Georgia commit stopped by to see how Florida’s offense operates now that Charlie Weis is gone.
“The offense looked the same, nothing really changed,” Henry said. “I think coach [Will] Muschamp will make a great hire for offensive coordinator. He wants to have a physical team and run a pro-style offense and he’s going to find the best person to do that. I just watched the running backs and pictured myself playing out there.”
Muschamp & Co. haven’t stopped pursuing the Yulee standout since his commitment to UGA in July.
“It’s going strong,” Henry said of his UF recruitment. “It’s still fluid as it’s ever been and coach Muschamp speaks to me as much as he can. I’m enjoying it.”
Henry talked about how he handles being a Bulldog commit and Gator fan.
“Being recruited by the team you watched growing up as a kid is so surreal,” he said, “but it’s different when you start playing high school football and getting recruited by colleges. Now I have to look at things like a grown man because I’m trying to decide where I’m gonna spend the next four years.
“I’m gonna be a Gator fan for life, but at the same time I’m not young anymore so I have to take other things into consideration. But I still like Florida and I’m keeping my options open. I just approach everything one day at a time so I can take advantage of the opportunity.”
Henry said he picked Georgia because its program is on the rise and this past season showed that.
But does he ever think about trying to put the Gators back on top rather than going to a rival school that wants to keep them down?
“That’s a good question,” Henry said, “that’s a real good question. Oh man. That’s a real good, broken down question. I don’t even know how to answer that. That’s the best question I’ve ever been asked.”
After gathering himself, Henry had this to say.
“Georgia’s program is starting to get better and Florida had a down year. I’ve pictured myself trying to bring UF’s program back like Tim Tebow. I always dream about that. But I think whenever the day comes that I have to make my final decision, I’m gonna go where heart is and where I feel comfortable.”
Henry has his mind set on Georgia. The question moving forward is will his heart follow suit or will his love for the Gators hold too much weight?