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Report: Henderson isn't signing Letter-of-Intent

While Seantrel Henderson made official his intent to attend Southern Cal, he never made the decision official.

While the mammoth five-star offensive tackle counts towards USC’s mythical recruiting national championship, Henderson wasn’t counted among USC’s football signees. That’s because, as the New York Times reports, Henderson doesn’t plan on making his scholarship official until after USC’s meeting with the NCAA on February 19th.

Thayer Evans, who spent the week leading up to Signing Day with the Henderson family, reported today that Henderson won’t sign his letter of intent until the NCAA infractions committee meets. They’re expected to decide if any major sanctions will be handed down against the Trojans.

According to Henderson’s father Sean, USC coach Lane Kiffin has told him that the Trojans won’t be found guilty of anything major.

“As far as he’s been informed — he was very, very choosy with his words — there shouldn’t be anything going wrong because there was no knowledge of anything going on by the staff,” Sean Henderson told Evans.

It’s tough to fault Henderson for waiting to see what’s going to happen when the NCAA meets. In the mean time, I guess the recruiting battle for Henderson just got extended two weeks.

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16 Responses to “Report: Henderson isn't signing Letter-of-Intent”
  1. JollyRoger says: Feb 4, 2010 8:20 AM

    “According to Henderson’s father Sean, USC coach Lane Kiffin has told him that the Trojans won’t be found guilty of anything major.”
    Kiffin is hardly an honest, stand-up guy.

  2. BrownsTown says: Feb 4, 2010 8:28 AM

    What’s the problem? If Lane Kiffin gave his word that nothing will happen, why wouldn’t they believe him?

  3. BrownsTown says: Feb 4, 2010 9:40 AM

    Since when is outright SPAM allowed on this site?

  4. John Taylor says: Feb 4, 2010 11:21 AM

    @ BrownsTown: Huh?

  5. burntorangehorn says: Feb 4, 2010 11:35 AM

    He could be concerned about the sanctions, but he might also be concerned about being locked in without having qualified to play football there. I don’t know whether the Pac 10 or USC has any heightened academic eligibility standards over the NCAA minimums, but it’s definitely possible that Henderson (or Ambles) could fail to meet those. Henderson’s not eligible yet, but has a few opportunities left to raise his ACT or SAT in order to qualify.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Feb 4, 2010 11:38 AM

    @John Taylor: see the first post, username melody403. I’d say that’s definitely “outright SPAM,” wouldn’t you?

  7. John Taylor says: Feb 4, 2010 11:42 AM

    @ burntorangehorn: Gotcha. I have no clue how that got approved, but it’s been deleted as that’s most definitely spam.
    Thanks for the heads up fellas.

  8. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Feb 4, 2010 11:50 AM

    This guy is a retard! This idiots dad is behind the all this. Another idiot. must run in the family!

  9. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Feb 4, 2010 11:51 AM

    Just stay home and play for the Gophers you idiot!

  10. Jagdbaer says: Feb 4, 2010 12:29 PM

    Smart move. If and when the hammer comes down on SoCal he can choose Notre Dame, Ohio State, or Miami. He won’t be able to choose Florida because they’ve reached there max of 28 recruits (unless they grey-shirt someone). It would be hilarious is coach Meyer can somehow get him to sign: “Suck it Lane!”

  11. Ikebigt says: Feb 4, 2010 7:40 PM

    I read in USA Today that the family going to move out to LA to be close to their son. How many familys can just uproot and move like that to such an expensive area of the country?? This family must be very wealthy or the someone is paying a lot of money for his services…Sound familiar??? LOL…

  12. Pier588 says: Feb 5, 2010 11:02 AM

    Way to think for yourself Seantrel Henderson!! Applauding your decision loudly!
    Ross’sSweetMinus – sounds like you’re the ID-10-t in this story. Why should Seantrel Henderson commit to a program that could be on probation the entire time he’s there instead of another school not under the black cloud.
    Maybe your dad is embarassed by your IDIOTIC post! Since when did Seantrel Henderson’s college career become a decision of yours?

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