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Report: Seantrel Henderson 'leaning' toward Miami

(Yes, I know.  Another Seantrel story.  Just keep telling yourself, “63 days… 63 days… 63 days…)

In the hours after Seantrel Henderson gave a verbal commitment to USC live on national television, Henderson made it clear that he was not going to sign his Letter of Intent until the sanctions the football program might be facing came into a little clearer focus.

There were also rumors that surfaced shortly after the verbal that the offensive tackle had actually decided on opting for Miami, but made a last-minute decision to flip to the Trojans.

That was nearly five months.  In the interim, Henderson did sign on with USC, but reports surfaced recently that Henderson is wavering on his commitment — he didn’t show for orientation last month as expected — in the wake of unprecedented sanctions handed down to USC.  So much wavering, in fact, that Lane Kiffin and an entourage have made not one but two trips to Henderson’s Minnesota home in recent weeks in an effort to solidify his standing with the program.

Those efforts, according to the latest report, are not going well for Kiffin & Company.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Henderson is still balking at his commitment to USC and is leaning toward moving on to Miami.  Unless Henderson requested a release from his LOI and USC granted it — the latter doesn’t appear likely at the moment — the lineman would have to sit out a year if he were to transfer to a Div. 1-A program.

Henderson could also go the prep school route, but that would also entail sitting out a year.

Regardless, it appears it will take a Herculean effort by Kiffin and his staff to retain the top player in the Class of 2010.

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  1. ndl83 says: Jul 1, 2010 10:49 AM

    “Tit for tat”. Now Kiffie knows what people in Tennessee feel like!

  2. Brat Favre says: Jul 1, 2010 10:54 AM

    Geeze, this guy is a media whore. Maybe taking lessons from He Who Shall Not Be Mentioned up in Minnesota? At this point I kind of hope he decides to retire and never plays college football.

  3. Bigdaddy237 says: Jul 1, 2010 10:55 AM

    I feel sorry for whatever school accepts this talented, but issue laden kid. Seantrel brings so much baggage and I seriously expect him to bring sanctions with him.

  4. ajarkox says: Jul 1, 2010 10:59 AM

    What is anyone’s word mean anymore? Kiffin’s committment to the Vols? How can he be one to tell anyone they need to stand by their word. Afterall, they probably told this kid not to worry about any sanctions and everything is going to be allright. Seantral needs to move on and not look back. Sit out the year and join a very classy program like Miami and be a star. Everyone at USC is a star or so they all think.

  5. jshark says: Jul 1, 2010 11:16 AM

    TOO MUCH DRAMA,,,lets move on!!!

  6. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 1, 2010 11:25 AM

    I hope he realizes that if he goes to Miami he will have played in front of bigger crowds in high school.
    Living in Lauderdale I root for the Canes but the fact of the matter is they play in front of a half empty stadium. The only time people show up is if they are are playing a rival or top program. Even though the Orange Bowl was a POS the enviroment was way better than it is at whatever they call the stadium now.
    The team sucks nobody should ever be dominated by Wisconsin!!

  7. Alex says: Jul 1, 2010 11:34 AM

    Maybe Kiffin should have not told him not to worry, we’re “USC” we’ll only get a slap on the wrist.
    And as far as bringing sanctions to a school, Kiffin is a walking violator and what’s really scary is he doesn’t not know that he violated an NCCA rule half of the time. Of course he is aware of the other half that he does violate. It’s going to be entertaining watching him the next year or two or shorter if he finds his other dream job.

  8. spviii says: Jul 1, 2010 11:41 AM


  9. scforlife says: Jul 1, 2010 1:09 PM

    Let this bum of a fat boy go to miami. The only bowl he’s going to is the outback bowl at best. and that’s any year he’s there. He still will have a nfl future wherever he goes because of the high school hype, but with his attitiude he won’t make much of an impact. He signed to be in the best situation for winning and exposure, just check the track record, lets move on if he dosen’t want to come, we won’t beg for his services.

  10. villain_001 says: Jul 1, 2010 1:53 PM

    one little line on an article that has nothing to do with anything makes this a source.

  11. Innovate98 says: Jul 1, 2010 3:25 PM

    Derrick Morris part deux

  12. blitz4848 says: Jul 1, 2010 3:37 PM

    They deserve each other–his father is a piece of work so why not let Kiffin mentor him for 3-4 yrs. He should be a real class act by then…..
    Time to talk about players and teams that matter….USC is on the shelf for 2 yrs and the NCAA is NOT going to change the penalties after the appeal process..they don’t like Kiffin and USC brought him in when they already had problems.
    Bama got no breaks and neither will USC–the NCAA undoubtedly thought this through before handing down the original penalties….

  13. hnirobert says: Jul 1, 2010 6:19 PM

    While Seantrel’s dad IS a piece of work, dude was straight up lied to by USC.
    Come down to the U, big boy.
    On a serious note, let’s hope Bryant McKinnie doesn’t have too much of an influence on him as well.

  14. thekatman says: Jul 1, 2010 7:23 PM

    So funny to read comments from the scorned Tennesee fans. Get over it already! Ya’ll sound like a bunch of jilted high schools girls.
    If Seantrel Henderson wants to go to a top notch school to get a great education, and learn to play NFL football, then he’ll be at SC. Any other school will not give that ultimate combo of playing for one of the greatest educational institutions in the country AND to play in one of the best collegiate football programs in the country…..
    Miami bound? We don’t know that yet. But if he’s intelectually challenged, then perhaps Miami is best for him. Certainlyu won’;t be the stellaer football program; like Notre Dame, they’re a has been program.
    SC will come out of this 2 year bowl ban, winning the appeal or not, much stronger than last year’s 9-4 winning season…. of which most of you and yours school would die for.
    Fight on brothers and sisters.

  15. chams1203 says: Jul 1, 2010 9:45 PM

    Let’s move on!

  16. Alex says: Jul 1, 2010 10:43 PM

    thekatman, Great Education, how often do you here at USC “player did not qualify” they almost always qualify there.

  17. thekatman says: Jul 2, 2010 12:42 PM

    Alex, SC doesn’t take football players who have academic issues. Unless you follow The Program, you don’t hear about the players that have to go to junior college or red shirt in order to get their grades up to par with the academic standards.

  18. carolinadog says: Jul 2, 2010 3:24 PM

    From one outlaw school to another.

  19. DRU2012 says: Jul 3, 2010 12:55 PM

    The USC fans and alumni (judging by the grammar I’m hoping they’re two separate groups) are deluding themselves if they think the sanctions are somehow going to be moderated with the appeal–but what else is new? Kiffy, Daddy and staff know better, but deception is their modus operandi. Meanwhile, beyond the ego-ridden, self-important grandstanding on the part of Henderson, he knew punishment was coming–that was what all the waiting and waffling was ostensibly about. The only surprise was that the NCAA handed down punishment that fit the crimes–“TO USC!” If Seantrel and his “brain trust” chose to buy into Kiffin and co.’s assurances, given all that was coming out the last couple of years, that none of this bothered them and their only concern was how it might affect his nationwide exposure (and the fact that Kiffin was on the scene when it all was happening, by the way), I just don’t have any sympathy for the young man now.
    I’m sure this is a very talented athlete and all, but I’d be careful about counting on him as a teammate in the years ahead.

  20. Uknowit says: Jul 6, 2010 9:49 PM

    Usc is finished. They are on probation, they have a lying POS coach, and the the rest of the conference has caught up with them.
    Henderson was smart to jump off of that sinking ship.

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