Five days after committing to Southern Cal, but not signing his Letter of Intent, highly-touted recruit Seantrel Henderson looks to have reopened his recruiting. We think. Maybe.
Speaking to KSTP-TV sports anchor Joe Schmit by way of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Hendersons — both Seantrel and his father Sean — strongly hinted that the big offensive tackle is back on the market. At least, that’s what the Henderson-to-English translator told us.
USC will appear before the NCAA later this month at a hearing on several issues, including Reggie Bush and his family accepting illegal benefits during his time with the Trojans. If the Hendersons get the impression that severe sanctions could be in the offing, the lineman will certainly be somewhere other than Southern California come the fall.
“Yeah, I think it would,” Seantrel Henderson said when asked if sanctions would make him change his mind. “But at the same time, I would have to, you know, talk to the coaches to see exactly what’s going on and exactly what’s going to happen and then base my decision upon what’s going to be going on. Because that’s the school I would like to go to, but then at the same time I just can’t walk into anything that’s going to, like, make my future, you know, not as good as it could be.”
Sean Henderson, businessman, hinted in the same direction as his son.
“I wouldn’t lose the leverage that we have. I mean, at the end of the day it’s still a business and at the end of the day it’s still my son’s future,” the father said. “And everything that’s going to possibly go on in his life could boil down to that decision and I wouldn’t sell him basically, per se, you know, but my son, his life away and put it in their hands not knowing, you know, what the future holds for USC or for him. And so I’d rather be able to at least let him keep his options open, because if things aren’t looking good come the 20th or the 21st [of February] or whatever, then we might have to move in a different direction, but it’s only for the sake of his future.”
Based on Seantrel Henderson‘s own words, it would appear his next choice after USC would be Ohio State. However, multiple reports have disputed that, saying that Miami would land the lineman if things fall through with the Trojans.
We have just two words on this whole situation, which is slowly but surely making its way toward Bryce Brown territory: Buyer beware.