The Prospector: On day full of chaos, Derrick Henry chats about decommitment from Georgia

He's had an array of teams at the top of his list at various times. Florida State was first and the Seminoles may get back in it if they're so inclined. The Gators will always intrigue Henry, and then of course there is Nick Saban over in Tuscaloosa flashing rings. Georgia is not out of the picture and Tennessee has already had Henry on campus once.

Also, don't leave out South Carolina. Best friend and former teammate Kelvin Rainey will be a freshman Gamecock this season. Steve Spurrier's beach house isn't too far from Yulee. He may want to camp out there.

Henry said whatever his decision, he'll let his faith guide the way. He remains grounded despite the attention he has gotten since he was 14 years old.

He said he doesn't grow tired or even annoyed by the thousands of phone calls and text messages and e-mails he's received. Sure, he won't return all messages. How could he. He may let the phone ring and ring without answering. He's probably worn out the side button on two or three phones already.

No one can blame him for being a bit elusive at times.

"I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to even be in the position that I am and I thank God for it," Henry said. "Things that come with it ... this is life. You just have to enjoy it. Not everybody has been in this situation and I feel fortunate."

About the only person who can relate is Kelvin Taylor, the Belle Glade Glades Day mighty mite who has already declared his intentions to follow his father's path to UF. The young Taylor and Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith are the only two people to have ever put up better numbers than Henry in the history of high school football in the state of Florida.

Last season, Taylor took over the state career rushing record held by Smith (8,804 yards), another former Florida Gator. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Henry will pass that this season.

Taylor, known as Bay Bay in Muck circles,  ran for 3,052 yards and 42 touchdowns this past season to give him 9,698 yards and 141 touchdowns for his career, both state records.

He has a shot at the national high school career rushing record, but he will only be able to count his four-year high-school title, since eighth-grade competition is not recognized. So in his first three high school seasons, he has 8,114 yards. He will need 3,118 yards in his senior season to eclipse the mark of 11,232 set by the Sugarland Express Kenneth Hall, from 1950-1953 at Sugar Land (Texas) High.

Taylor's commitment to UF likely means Henry will not be wearing a Gator helmet in the future. But you never know. They are two different types of runners. Taylor is much smaller at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds. It would certainly be an unprecedented backfield were the two to join forces, and I'll go out on a limb here to say it would be a once-in-a-lifetime tandem.

Having those two running backs slicing up records during the same three high school seasons is incredible enough to fathom. We won't see it again. Not in our lifetimes.

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@tribune.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting.
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