Altee Tenpenny: Challenges 4-Star RB Will Face Upon Joining Alabama

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 6, 2013

Courtesy of ESPN
Courtesy of ESPN

Altee Tenpenny joined a massive list of elite Alabama running back acquisitions in the Crimson Tide's 2013 signing class, and he'll have his hands full becoming a standout player in Tuscaloosa.

At 5'11", 212 pounds, Tenpenny is a big-bodied force who will only become a stronger player after years in Alabama's strength and conditioning program, and he's got a ton of upside as a potential game changer. 

But there's no guaranteeing he'll have that ability with the Crimson Tide for a number of reasons.

Here are the biggest challenges facing Tenpenny when he arrives to join the team who has won two of the last three championships.


Emerging from His Own RB Class

Most 4-star recruits come into their team as the best running back option in their age range and mainly only have competition with more seasoned players on the roster.

That isn't hardly the case.

Tenpenny is, at best, the No. 3 running back in his incoming class, trailing 6'3", 240-pound beast Derrick Henry and speedster Alvin Kamara. Tyren Jones comes next, and as the sixth-best running back in the nation per, he could even have more potential than Tenpenny.

Everything about Tenpenny gives the indication that he could be a great running back at the college level, but it'll be awfully hard to stand out among that class.

If he can't figure out a way to do so, he's best set to transfer as soon as possible.


T.J. Yeldon

Honestly, all of these elite newcomers have had their hands full since the moment they faxed in their letter of intent. 

T.J. Yeldon is a rising sophomore.

Along with Eddie Lacey last season, Yeldon had himself an incredible year on the ground and an even better BCS National Championship Game. He's been clutch ever since making his debut at the beginning of the 2012 season.

Yeldon was considerably stronger and more muscular, but still just as fast, later in the season as compared to when the season began. It's obvious that he'll come in looking like an absolute tank next season.

Alabama's new leader in the backfield will be in the hunt for Heisman Trophies down the road, and that alone will be difficult to compete with.

The Crimson Tide know how to run the 1-2 rushing attack as well as anyone, but it's a huge privilege in itself to get some time at that 2 spot in Tuscaloosa.


Ole Miss

It's the talk of the 2013 national signing day. The Rebels are back.

Ole Miss signed the No. 1 and No. 3 player in the nation (via's Top 247), and the unheralded top recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, will be coming around the line with force for the next three-plus seasons.

If Tenpenny is able to emerge and become a regular contributor in the backfield when he's a junior or senior, some of his best competition will be in Oxford. Their new-look team will be seasoned and accustomed to the SEC by then, and could be competing for the SEC title right with Alabama.

With LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M and Ole Miss all having huge recruiting classes, the SEC West is looking more formidable than ever.