Report: Seantrel 'expected' to sign with Trojans this week

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It’s been nearly six weeks since top recruit Seantrel Henderson‘s somewhat surprising decision to delay signing his Letter of Intent after verbally committing to Southern Cal on national television.

Since then, there have been reports here and there that the offensive tackle — rated as the No. 1 player in the country by most of the major recruiting services — may be leaning toward backing away from the USC verbal and heading to Miami of Florida.

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, that’s likely not going to be the case.

The Sun Sentinel‘s Shandel Richardson reports via Twitter that Henderson is “expected to sign with USC this week“, then adds “Sorry Miami fans”.

No context for the Tweet was given and, as of yet, there’s no story expounding on the situation that appears on the Sun Sentinel‘s website.

But, it’s looking more and more likely that Henderson has decided that the NCAA cloud hanging over the Trojans football program is not dark enough — and/or will clear by the time he enters school — to preclude him from sticking with his initial decision.

UPDATE 10:57 a.m. ET — From‘s Southeast Recruiting Blog:

Five-star offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson (Saint Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) will sign with USC this week, according to his father Sean Henderson. He also received his ACT scores on Friday and is now academically eligible.

UPDATE 12:24 p.m. ET: Just to put the final nail in this coffin — for today at least — the New York Times reports that Henderson will sign with USC on Thursday.

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah