Some very unfortunate news broke late Tuesday night when it was reported that Altee Tenpenny, notable former Alabama running back, died in a car accident.
Luke Matheson of ArkansasVarsity.com reported the news of Tenpenny’s death via Twitter and reacted to the loss of the former 4-star running back recruit:
Just heard the news about Altee Tenpenny. My heart is broken. He was a tremendous young man. RIP Altee. Gone too soon.
— Luke Matheson (@LukeMatheson) October 21, 2015
As mentoned above, Tenpenny was a 4-star recruit and a very notable running back in the 2013 class. According to 247Sports, he was the No. 5 running back nationally and the No. 1 recruit in his class from the state of Arkansas. He was also the 51st highest ranked overall recruit in the nation, so he was without a doubt a notable commitment and signee for Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide.
Not surprisingly, the running back had a few major offers, but he chose the Crimson Tide over Arkansas, Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt.
In two seasons for Alabama (2013, 2014) Tenpenny rushed 48 times for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also caught one pass for four yards in 2013.
This past off season Tenpenny decided to transfer from Alabama to UNLV. He was dismissed from the UNLV team before the season started for breaking team rules, according to a report, and ended up down in Louisiana and Nicholls State.
Just days before his death—October 19th, to be exact—it was reported by Sam Cooper of Yahoo.com that Tenpenny was reportedly arressted for “possession of a firearm and discharging a weapon”. He was suspended indefinitely by Nicholls State.
Details of the accident aren’t available at the moment, but no matter the details; it’s a tragedy to lose someone so young.