Reasons-Report - Seantrel Henderson
Seantrel Henderson and Lache Seastrunk are the top two players in Tom Lemming’s Class of 2010 Top 100
Henderson, listed at 6-foot-7 and 288 pounds last fall, is a star offensive lineman for Minnesota’s Cretin-Derham Hall, while Seastrunk is an electric running back for Texas' Temple High School.
Where the duo will end up playing college football is a quite a mystery.
Henderson’s recruitment has been heavily guarded, but has still had its fair share of twists and turns. Because Cretin-Derham Hall is a Catholic school, many Notre Dame fans figured to be in good position for Henderson. It also didn't hurt that star Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd was a former teammate of the massive offensive tackle.
South Bend's less-than-tropical climate was thought to be attractive to Henderson, who has publicly said he enjoys cold weather and snowy terrain. But it seems that Notre Dame is no longer in the mix for Henderson, though Ohio State, with its similarly frigid weather, is very much alive.
Henderson also likes the state of Florida, and Urban Meyer appears to be trying to lure the nation’s top prospect south, as are the Florida State Seminoles. Bob Stoops is pitching the Sooners to Henderson, who is an outstanding pass blocker. Offensive line coach James Patton is likely pushing the school’s knack for sending offensive lineman to the next level, as well as an opportunity to play right away.
USC is still a dark horse in the race to land Henderson. Henderson did not attend USC’s Rising Stars camp, but with his busy AAU schedule, that probably isn’t very telling. In fact, one source close to the situation expects it to ultimately come down to OSU and USC, with Minnesota likely having already been ruled out.
The recruitment of Seastrunk is not much different than Henderson’s. Both are total wild cards, though Seastrunk has been much more public—so public that he called out Nick Saban while on a visit to Auburn (though he later apologized).
Every major program is interested in Seastrunk, though the interest is only mutual for a handful of schools. Texas would love to have Seastrunk, while Baylor is also trying to convince him to stay home. However, there’s a great chance that Seastrunk leaves the state.
Auburn and LSU are both making serious runs at the 5-10, 185-pound playmaker. USC is also poised to a serious run. Seastrunk has spoken privately about his desire to attend USC, though it remains to be seen whether he’d actually be willing to make the move to SoCal.
Making Seastrunk’s recruitment even more interesting is his desire to play college football with longtime friend, Trovon Reed. Rumors are swirling that Reed – of Louisiana's Thibodaux High School – and Seastrunk could be a package deal. Though it’s possible that the pair will play at the same school, package deals are usually more hype than substance.
Nelson, Fobbs big pickups for A&M
Following plenty of buzz in College Station at the Texas 7-on-7 state championships over the weekend, Corey Nelson committed to Texas A&M on Monday.
The heavily-recruited Skyline (Dallas, Texas) linebacker provided a major boost to the Aggies’ momentum on the recruiting trail. Before he heads to College Station, Nelson, a returning All-State selection, will lead Skyline on a quest for a 5A state title. The Raiders could be the most talented team in the Lone Star State.
Only a few days earlier, head coach Mike Sherman went outside of the Texas borders to receive a pledge from Huntington (Shreveport, La.) athlete Jarrett Fobbs. Fobbs does it all for Huntington, but will likely play wide receiver for the Aggies.
The pair of pledges brings the Aggies' total number of 2010 commitments to 19. Sherman is clearly connecting with recruits, attracting them with more than promises of early playing time.
While the rival Longhorns will be in the mix for college football's top recruiting class in 2010, Sherman’s work on the recruiting scene the last two seasons may be a sign of good things to come on the field for Aggie fans.