Henderson chooses Miami after receiving USC release
After a second spin through the recruiting process, Seantrel Henderson, the top-ranked offensive line recruit in the class of 2010, has chosen Miami.
Henderson, who originally signed with USC, chose the Hurricanes on Friday after the Trojans released him from his National Letter of Intent earlier this week. On National Signing Day in February, Henderson announced his decision to sign with USC on live television. Friday afternoon, Henderson told the world by changing his Facebook profile picture to a Miami logo. "It's all about the U," Henderson wrote on his Facebook page.
Henderson is a 6-foot-8, 300-pound offensive tackle from Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn. During his first recruitment, he was fond of Miami because it is the alma mater of his favorite offensive linemen, Minnesota Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie. Henderson also considered Ohio State and Notre Dame during his original recruitment.
Henderson delayed signing with USC originally because he wanted to know what sanctions the NCAA's committee on infractions might hand down. Henderson signed March 23, more than six weeks before the committee on infractions hit the Trojans with a two-year bowl ban and significant scholarship reductions. After the sanctions were announced, Henderson remained in Minnesota. USC coaches flew to Minnesota twice to try to convince Henderson to enroll as planned in Los Angeles, but to no avail.
There were hints as early as this past weekend that Henderson was leaning toward the Hurricanes. Teddy Bridgewater, a quarterback committed to sign with Miami in the class of 2011, said Sunday that Henderson had requested his phone number to talk about Miami.
Rivals.com and Scout.com ranked Henderson the No. 1 offensive lineman in the class of 2010. Rivals.com ranked him the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation.