Cutting Schools Could be Tough for Henderson

Practically every major program in the country has extended a scholarship offer to St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall's Seantrel Henderson. GoBlueWolverine recently talked to Henderson's coach, Mike Scanlan to get the latest on the nation's top prospect.

GoBlueWolverine: What has Seantrel been doing lately?

Scanlan: "He has a little bit of AAU basketball and not doing much else."

GoBlueWolverine: Has Seantrel discussed any top schools with you lately?

Scanlan: "He's got a list going, but it fluctuates from day to day. Seantrel is not the kind of kid who says no very easily, so this is going to be hard for him to narrow things down -- because there's going to be a lot of unhappy people that he doesn't have to deal with, but I don't think he likes to hurt people's feelings."

GoBlueWolverine: I've seen his tapes… it looks like he likes to hurt people in other ways.

Scanlan: "(Laughing) Yeah, he can play."

GoBlueWolverine: What do you think his strengths and weaknesses are? How do you think he projects at the next level?

Scanlan: "He's a left offensive tackle. He'll walk in somewhere and whether he can walk in and take spots from day one, I don't know. There's some big time programs looking at him, but that's where he's going to play. He's tailor made for that spot. He moves well in space and he's got the bulk to be able to handle somebody coming off the corner."

GoBlueWolverine: What do you work with him the most on? He dominates at the high school level, but when you're trying to make him better for the next level what are you focusing on?

Scanlan: "There are a hundred versions of him out there that nobody knows about that haven't gotten the pub that he's gotten, and they're running and they're lifting. They're doing all those things. So as good as he is, if he wants to stay at that level he's going to have to do the same things they've been doing. Yeah, this is a nice way to have tags on you, but it really doesn't mean anything if you don't do anything to back it up."

GoBlueWolverine: Has his work ethic remained high, even through the courtship, knowing he has a scholarship locked up?

Scanlan:" I think so. He still toys with basketball. I really think that, if he had a choice between football and a big time basketball program, he'd go basketball. But, as good as he is, I don't think he's that good. His livelihood is going to be playing offensive line somewhere."

GoBlueWolverine: Has anyone from the University of Michigan contacted you lately?

Scanlan: "They've been through school every time they could. In the spring, guys could come through twice, and they came through both times they were supposed to. They seemed like good guys. From West Virginia most of them. I think they're going to do well at Michigan."

GoBlueWolverine: What coaches from the University of Michigan came through?

Scanlan: "Their quarterbacks coach and, I can't remember the gentleman's name, and one of their line guys."

GoBlueWolverine: Was it Rod Smith (quarterback coach) or Greg Frey (offensive line coach)?

Scanlan: "You'll have to take an educated guess. (Laughing) There's been so many people in here that, if I saw them I might remember, but I can't recall them all."

GoBlueWolverine: You've had some pretty high profile players come through your program. Do you prefer that players commit before the senior season and end the craziness of recruiting?

Scanlan: "It's up to them. It really doesn't affect me in any way, and they've been pretty good about keeping it in perspective and not letting it get in the way of the season so far. So I don't know. If they commit early, they miss out on some nice visits. But then again, if he takes five visits, that's five people that are really trying to sell him hard and I don't know if he's going to find those as enjoyable as he thinks he might."

GoBlueWolverine: What don't you think Seantrel will enjoy?

Scanlan: "(Laughing) Having to sit down across the table from somebody and they want you to commit before you leave the room. These guys, that's their jobs... and that's going to get old."

GoBlueWolverine: With the success of the program, is there anyone in particular that has given Seantrel any advice?

Scanlan: "He might not have gotten correct advice, but just watching Michael Floyd going through what he went through a year ago, that's first hand knowledge right there. Just watching how Michael handled himself. The attention he got. What he said... what he didn't say... those kinds of things. I think that's probably been the biggest benefit that Seantrel can take advantage of right there. Seeing somebody go through it, high profile, and handle himself very well."

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