Sadly, Seantrel Henderson isn't the first player to follow along this path.
A highly touted high school recruit, Henderson committed to USC before sanctions on the program allowed him to switch his commitment and play football for the Miami Hurricanes. But the 6-foot-8, 345 pound tackle, while immensely talented, has failed to live up to expectations. And why hasn't one of the most talented left tackle recruits of the decade been able to live up to the hype? Well, like many before him at the "U," he can't stay out of trouble, of course.
Last year, transfer rumors began swirling as the season opener approached and Henderson was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. The suspension didn't matter much sense Henderson was hampered by a back injury. But then in March, Henderson was once again disciplined for a violation of team rules. And last week, Henderson struck again, showing up late for workouts with the team and has been punished once again, according to the Miami Herald.
What's next for the mammoth offensive tackle with enough talent to match his frame?
Henderson is currently serving some unspecified punishment as head coach Al Golden is on vacation. He has not earned the respect of coaches or teammates thus far in his two-year career, and his talent certainly isn't being put to good use. Rumors were swirling about his possible dismissal from the team after this latest incident, but that appears to be overblown.
For now, Henderson needs to clean up his act. He needs to prove he can stay healthy. And most of all, he needs to start performing on the football field the way he was expected to when he transfered over from USC. While he started only two games in 2011, Henderson has the talent to make his way up draft boards if he can stay on the field. Given the iffy relationship he has developed with a lot of folks at Miami, it wouldn't be a shock to see him declare for the NFL Draft at the end of the season.
But if he can't make his way back onto the football field, either for off-the-field or health reasons, Henderson is going to have a tough time improving his stock enough to warrant leaving school early.
A transfer is never out of the question. We have seen plenty of talented trouble-makers take transfer to lesser schools to get themselves on the field and prove their worth all over again.
Henderson has dug himself quite the hole. He has earned a reputation as an uncommitted, injury prone player with selfish tendencies. Regardless of how talented he may be, Henderson has a lot of growing up to do before he lives up to the billing of being the nation's best in his class. The good news for Henderson? There's still time to right the ship. But Miami continues to earn a reputation based on their gifted athletes whom the program can't seem to control.