One More Big Fish: The Seantrel Henderson Sweepstakes

As signing day continues to unfold, with programs picking up key commitments all over the map, there’s one superstar left that remains unsigned. T Seantrell Henderson, according to just about everyone, is among the top two or three players in the nation, and certainly a candidate to contribute immediately, wherever he ends up.

SB Nation’s Minnesota blog, The Daily Gopher, provides an overview of Seantrell’s suitors:

  • Ohio State -the current favorite according to internet rumors.  ESPN Scout’s Inc also projects Henderson to the OSU.  This one makes the most sense based on what many perceive to be the factors that matter the most to Seantrel.  Ohio State is still in the Midwest, it is a quality school academically, they are in the hunt for BCS games every year, they turn out NFL talent every year and they have a stable coaching staff expected to be there throughout Henderson’s time there.  It makes sense and most would believe they are the favorites.
  • Notre Dame – is always listed as Henderson’s supposed top-3.  The Irish have cornered the market on Cretin-Derham Hall kids and SH is also friends with current Irish wide receiver, Michael Floyd; which may or may not affect his decision.  While nobody is predicting Notre Dame (this week), nobody would be surprised if this is where he lands.  Also worth noting, Tom Lemming is often accused of being a Notre Dame lackey who pushes kids to sign with the Irish.  This accusation may or may not be fair but it is out there and Henderson is going to announce his decision on Lemming’s signing day show. 
  • USCBill Kurelic believes USC has the slight advantage, but he’s guessing like everyone else. I was convinced throughout this process that USC was the favorite but that was before Pete Carrol left for the NFL.  Now Henderson has to establish a new relationship in a short amount of time with the Kiffin staff. What the Kiffin staff has in their favor is a rock-star staff.  Given another month to woo him, I would imagine USC would put themselves back in the driver’s seat but I’m not sure where they stand as of Feb-3, 2010.

So, yeah: it would appear the Minnesota native will stay close to home at Ohio State? Not so fast. That post ran yesterday. Today, many analysts have Henderson pegged as USC commit, with Lane Kiffin wooing him from the Buckeyes. Henderson is planning to announce his decision on CBS’ college sports network later this afternoon, and really, it’s anyone’s guess as to where he’ll end up. But whatever he decides, he’s guaranteed to have everyone’s attention, including NFL star and Ohio State alum, Malcom Jenkins.

Yesterday, Jenkins interrupted media day to make his case to Henderson:

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