Penn State narrowly beats out Auburn to secure the commitment of top running back recruit Alvin Henderson.

Highly-Touted Running Back Alvin Henderson Commits to Penn State

Alvin Henderson, the star running back out of Elba High School in Alabama, has officially committed to Penn State after a long and difficult decision-making process. Despite strong pushes from in-state powerhouse Auburn, Henderson ultimately chose Happy Valley as his future home.

The decision was not an easy one for Henderson, who had originally planned to commit during a Thursday afternoon window. After a successful unofficial visit to Penn State, the Nittany Lions quickly rose to the top of his list. Henderson cited the coaching staff, particularly running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider and head coach James Franklin, as key factors in his decision.

“The final two was them (PSU) and Auburn,” Henderson said. “A few boxes out-checked other schools…so when me and my family sat down and talked, we felt like Penn State was the best overall fit. The main thing was the production from coach Seider and coach Franklin as well with the backs over the last few years. Then the overall scheme and fit for me as a player.”

Despite interest from other programs like Florida State and Miami, Henderson felt that Penn State was the best place for him to continue his football career. His high school success, with over 3,500 rushing yards and 60 touchdowns in his junior season, made him a highly sought-after recruit.

“Penn State has always been a school that has recruited me hard,” Henderson said. “It was kind of the team in the closet that nobody knew about…obviously I’m not able to go up and visit as much as other places. They’re losing Nick (Singleton) and Kaytron (Allen) to the draft this year, and the running back room is wide open for somebody like me to come in and compete.”

Henderson’s visit to Penn State last weekend solidified his decision, with current running back Nick Singleton playing a pivotal role in convincing him to join the Nittany Lions.

“I was able to sit down with Nick Singleton alone…he said he knew Penn State was the place for him because of how he was treated and that the running back room would be wide open,” Henderson said. “Everybody on staff lets me know that I can come in and be the dude.”

With his commitment, Henderson becomes the highest-ranked recruit in Penn State’s class of 2025 to date. He is excited to join the Penn State football family and make his mark in the Big Ten conference.

“I want to go try something new,” Henderson said. “But I’m trying something new with a program that has been prestigious and has produced at my position. I’m ready to join the family!”

Penn State fans can look forward to seeing Henderson in action on the field in the coming years, as he brings his impressive skills and talent to Happy Valley.

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