Whoever lands Seantrel Henderson is inheriting a monster, a walking Wikipedia page of accolades not-yet realized.
Henderson is the no.1 overall recruit to Rivals and no. 4 to ESPN, boasting offers from all of the nation's top programs.
Henderson has run the gamut. He initially favored the cold weather and Catholicism of Notre Dame—to whom former teammate Michael Floyd committed—but reports have indicated that the Irish have lost ground, and a renewed interest in Florida got him thinking about warm weather.
Oklahoma was supposed to get an official visit, but didn't get Henderson on campus, and the line there looks to have gone dead.
Minnesota also looks to have missed out on the in-state star. Though Henderson has maintained an interest in the Golden Gophers, insiders report he is more than likely headed out of state.
Others report that Henderson might turn out to be a package deal along with teammate, dual threat quarterback, and friend JD Pride II. Pride holds offers from Ohio State, Wisconsin, UNC, and Alabama, as well as Minnesota, and the Gophers and Bucks are the only two teams on both lists.
Henderson narrowed his choices to seven: Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC. The latest leader among insiders is USC. Henderson wants to be part of a winning program, and, USC's struggles this year aside, the Trojans have produced NFL talent consistently since Pete Carroll took over.
USC got Henderson' most recent visit, on December 4th, and did an outstanding job rolling out the red carpet for him (as only Hollywood Pete can do).
Like dark horses? Pick Iowa. The Hawkeyes were dead in the water on Henderson's recruitment coming into the year, but picked up steam enough to make the final seven and get Seantrel on campus for the Iowa-Minnesota game, a 12-0 blanking by the Hawkeyes to close the year.
Ohio State is also making a strong pitch—Jim Tressel visited Henderson in his home a few weeks ago, and also had Henderson in the stands for the USC game (which might have been like introducing your girlfriend to your better-looking rival).
Tough call on this one. I live in fear of USC from a recruiting standpoint, but I like Iowa and Ohio State to sway Henderson towards playing Minnesota in the Big Ten, one of the things he's reportedly favoring. The big-time programs have the allure, but for a soft-spoken kid like Henderson, it might be difficult to get too far from home.
Ohio State: 25%
Notre Dame: 5%