The 48-day journey from verbally committing to USC on National Signing Day to signing the Letter of Intent has come to (merciful) end as Seantrel Henderson has put pen to paper and is officially a Trojan.
The top-rated player in the 2010 recruiting class by most accounts signed his LOI in front of classmates during an assembly at Cretin-Derham Hall (Minn.) High School.
“I’m really happy for him. It was nice to see him make a decision for himself,” Cretin-Derham Hall football coach Mike Scanlan told the St. Paul Pioneer Press, apparently with a straight face and everything. “I wish him nothing but the best
The signing was first delayed on signing day when the big offensive tackle gave a verbal to USC, but backed off officially signing until he could get a better grasp of what NCAA sanctions the school may or may not be facing. He was supposed to sign the LOI last Thursday but “logistical” issues prevented that from occurring, fueling even more speculation — some brought on by the tackle’s own words — that Henderson could flip his commitment.
In the end, Henderson stuck to his Feb. 3 words and is now a USC Trojan.
What kind of collegiate career the young man has and whether he can live up to the immense hype, however, remains to be seen.
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.
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