Five-star RB Henry sets career rushing mark
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Derrick Henry
Derrick Henry

Posted Nov 16, 2012


Five-star running back Derrick Henry set the all-time career rushing record Friday, eclipsing the previous 59-year-old mark.

Another week, another national high school record falls.

Running back Derrick Henry broke the all-time record for rushing yards in a high school career Friday night on a dazzling touchdown run befitting of his stellar senior season.

The Yulee High School (Fla.) star broke the previous mark on a 52-yard touchdown run with 11:15 remaining in the first half of Yulee's playoff game against Taylor County. The run brought him to 123 yards total in the game and 11,253 for his career.

"That was a special moment for me," Henry said. "I knew that I had broken it. I'm just so thankful, I'm just so speechless."

The previous mark was 11,232 yards, set in 1953 by Ken Hall of Sugar Land, Texas.

On the record-setting run, Henry battled through several defenders in the middle before breaking through and sprinting to the end zone. The touchdown put Yulee up 6-0.

Henry finished with an eye-popping 485 yards and six touchdowns on 57 carries in Yulee's 41-26 win.

"It's an honor," Henry said. "I'm so privileged and blessed and so thankful. God blessed me with this opportunity and I'm just glad to be a part of history. I think Ken Hall is in a league of his own, I'm just glad my name can be up there with his."

Henry is a five-star prospect ranked No. 37 overall in Scout's 2013 rankings. He is committed to play at Alabama next season.

It's the second high-profile national record to fall in as many weeks. Last Friday, North Carolina high school quarterback Will Grier threw for 837 yards to set a single-game mark. That record, though, may not make the books due to a technicality.

Henry began the year well shy of Hall's mark with just 7,864 yards, but he has posted several monster games to help chip away at the record, including one 502-yard performance.

ONE-ON-ONE WITH HENRY


FOX Sports NEXT national recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg caught up with Derrick Henry shortly after the running back committed to Alabama. Go inside for the video interview.

"It's surreal," Yulee head coach Bobby Ramsay said. "It's such a huge number. His whole season I'm thinking, 'Man, he's not going to get there, that's just too many yards.' To see the way he's handled it and the enjoyment it's brought everybody is amazing."

The 6-foot-3 Henry has rushed for over 100 yards in every game of his high school career.

Another star Florida running back -- Glades Day's Kelvin Taylor -- is not far behind Henry. He entered Friday night eighth on the all-time list with 10,115 yards. The Gator commit is a four-star prospect on Scout.com.

FOX Sports NEXT's Amy Campbell contributed information to this report.





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