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Report: Seantrel 'back on the market'

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.

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  1. rolltide says: Feb 8, 2010 11:25 AM

    Big Sean should just go to Ohio State. He’ll probably play for three years never having given up a sack playing against inadequate competition, and then become a top-5 draft pick by an NFL team scared of blowing it on a skill position. At Miami it seems unlikely he’d be playing for the same group of coaches that recruited him, for better or worse.

  2. Mandingo52 says: Feb 8, 2010 12:16 PM

    He should go to Alabama so he can win ANOTHER NC with an asterisk next to it…

  3. Seeryer says: Feb 8, 2010 12:54 PM

    Asteriks? Is there one this year? And in 1992. First team in SEC history to go 13-0 and first team in SEC histroy to go 14-0.

  4. frank booth says: Feb 8, 2010 1:34 PM

    There’s no asterisk for Bama this year.
    *I put an asterisk by your name, because you are a human with serious mental deficiencies.

  5. dotbo says: Feb 8, 2010 2:15 PM

    As an impartial Husker fan, I’d have to admit there is no asterisk for Bama’s national title this year. For others of their 13, there are perhaps asterisks.
    There was one other team that was undefeated, Boise State. And Boise State was nowhere near the team Bama was. Case closed.
    Asterisks are for teams prior the BCS National Championship game, which pits #1 vs. #2.
    As for Henderson, he’s being smart not to sign with a team which may face serious sanctions. What if USC loses 10 scholarships for the next three years? Their team will suffer. He’s smart to wait, and also smart not to name his next choices. But after he makes a decision, it’s time for the team, not for his own best interests. I’m sure he and his dad realize this.

  6. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Feb 8, 2010 2:19 PM


  7. gator_prof says: Feb 8, 2010 3:30 PM

    How does Bama get an *? Did I miss something?

  8. josecanseco says: Feb 8, 2010 3:38 PM

    If he considers this a business then no wonder he chose to go to U$C.

  9. pudgalvin says: Feb 8, 2010 4:13 PM

    “Big Sean should just go to Ohio State. He’ll probably play for three years never having given up a sack playing against inadequate competition, and then become a top-5 draft pick by an NFL team scared of blowing it on a skill position. At Miami it seems unlikely he’d be playing for the same group of coaches that recruited him, for better or worse.”
    Yeah, like Joe Thomas and Jake Long. Terribly overrated.

  10. ezcheese69 says: Feb 8, 2010 4:41 PM

    I know right. Joe Thomas, Jake long, and don’t forget about Orlando Pace and Le Cgarles Bentley. I guess those guys are and were way over-rated…

  11. HBOilers24 says: Feb 8, 2010 5:16 PM

    im a buckeye fan so i wouldnt mind having the kid go to OSU, but i’m really not understanding this whole drama.
    yea i get that USC could lose some people over the NCAA issues but if the kid is good he can be known as a dominate guy at USC, will still be a high draft pick, and will still have the chance (although seeing how he talks it will be a chance only and not a sure thing) to get a degree from USC.
    if he and his dad are really all that worried about the possible wrongdoings of any school then they really should look to avoid such schools.

  12. Crushitlong says: Feb 8, 2010 5:22 PM

    to Ross’sSweetMinus:
    Who in their right mind would want to be a “Golden Chipmunk”?

  13. rolltide says: Feb 8, 2010 5:23 PM

    Ummm, guys, the competition that O-linemen play against are defensive players, not other O-linemen. There’s no doubt that the Big 10 produces good offensive linemen, but it’s freakishly unnatural that Jake Long could go his entire career only allowing one sack — that says at least as much about the competition then it does his own talent.

  14. BrownsTown says: Feb 9, 2010 8:46 AM

    rolltide = a typical product of the Alabama school system
    If staying on the topic of Jake Long, he also gave up no sacks in his bowl games, including against Texas, Nebraska, USC, and Florida.
    If you want to talk overrated linemen, let’s talk Andre Smith.

  15. burntorangehorn says: Feb 9, 2010 2:13 PM

    H’okay then, back to Henderson: IF the kid even qualifies, I agree he’d be better off avoiding USC. Kiffin Kamp is a circus, and even if the program avoids what should be serious NCAA sanctions, Kiffin certainly hasn’t shown to be anything more than a controversy-whoring recruiter. He’s certainly not a successful head coach.
    Henderson strikes me as a good (albeit not bright) kid who could really use a good role model as his head coach, and I think Randy Shannon, the Vest, or Tim Brewster would be much better in that role than Lane Kiffin ever could be.

  16. Opie says: Feb 9, 2010 2:19 PM

    this kids a lineman, right? The last olineman with this much hype was Mandorich…… ’nuff said.
    At least Tony played well in college……on steroids…..half drunk and crazy….this kids in high school………and doesn’t even touch the ball……
    @ JT……can’t you make it all go away?!?

  17. Gatorfan1 says: Feb 9, 2010 3:29 PM

    I feel sorry for this kid…..if he follows through with his commitment and goes to USC that will mean his 2 biggest influences in his life will be his father & Kiffin….
    Let that sink in ….poor kid!

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