National Signing Day 2010: Who Will Land Seantrel Henderson?
Seantrel Henderson is a man of many titles.
On February 3rd, Henderson will gain yet another as he will announce which school he will be playing at for the next few years of his young, yet accomplished, life.
Sitting atop most recruiting services prospect rankings, Henderson stands at 6'8" and has recently weighed in at a jaw-dropping 338 pounds.
Although this may seem heavy for a 17-year-old high school senior, his frame is made up of mostly muscle mass with a hint of baby fat.
The question is not whether Henderson will be a dominant force in college football or not, but rather where?
With offers from over 50 different programs, Henderson can go to virtually any major football school in the country. In fact, it is safe to say that he has a great chance at protecting the blindside of the quarterback from day one no matter which program he decides on.
The projected first-round draft pick looks to have narrowed his choices down to six schools. These include Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, USC, and Oklahoma.
The battle now looks to be a Midwestern-shootout between the Buckeyes and the Irish.
Taking his official visit in early September, the soft-spoken Minnesotan had great things to say about Columbus. Most importantly, he valued the support of the football team at the school, including the experience of a Buckeye home game.
The one negative that he sees in Columbus is the class size, as he said he would be in classes with over 250 kids; something he would need to get used to.
Ohio State is rumored to be the leader for Henderson's services, but he insists "everyone is No. 1". If Tressel can close with the nation's top recruit, he will have yet another monster manning his offensive line (see: Adams, Mike).
Henderson's other top school looks to be Brian Kelly's Fighting Irish.
After Charlie Weis was fired and Kelly was brought in, Henderson was very pleased with the new coaching staff. A few phone calls and an in-home visit with most of the coaching staff has also gotten the Irish back into contention for his signature.
Henderson's father, Sean, has praised the academics at Notre Dame. His son also stated that "it is like getting an Ivy League education without actually going to an Ivy League school."
On top of the great academic reputation in South Bend, Henderson loves the tradition at the program. Throw in the fact that junior receiver Michael Floyd is Henderson's biggest recruiter, as they both played football and hoops at Cretin-Derham, and Kelly may find a way to make his first big splash on the national recruiting map.
With the Irish depth chart bare at left tackle, the appeal of starting from day one also has Henderson thinking about the blue and gold. However, with Notre Dame being a smaller college and not in the up-beat location of a USC or Florida, he may have some concerns about life outside of football.
The darkhorse in the Henderson running will be the Trojans of Southern Cal. After Pete Carroll's departure, Henderson was rather upset. However, with the hiring of Lane Kiffin (a merciless recruiter), you can't count USC out just yet.
"Maybe it's the best thing for somebody like Seantrel or other recruits," said Sean Henderson . "Maybe USC gets a clean slate now, gets some new guys in there and this becomes a new USC."
Henderson likes the city of LA and the atmosphere in Southern California. Whether or not that will be enough to overlook the question marks coming with the new hiring remains to be seen.
After being mentioned as an early lean to in-state Minnesota, Henderson has cooled on the Gophers after phone calls from elite programs all over the nation were too much to pass up. Although it would be an inspiring story if Henderson chooses to stay home, it now looks extremely unlikely.
Florida and Oklahoma, after both extending him an offer, may have joined the race a little too late. However, you can never count Urban Meyer out of any recruiting sweepstakes until the prospect's name is faxed to another university.
It's anyone's guess at this point. Henderson has stressed that everyone remains "even" throughout the process, but has hinted at leading schools every so often. At this point, Ohio State and Notre Dame look to be the best bets to land this once-in-a-generation prospect.
Henderson will announce his decision on Feb. 3 on Tom Lemming's National Signing Day special. In addition, the mammoth of a 17-year-old will co-host the show, giving advice to elite juniors and talking about the recruiting process he endured over the past year.
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