Looking For Transportation

Seantrel Henderson is just looking for a ride to South Bend and the Notre Dame campus this Saturday.

"I'm trying to get down there, but people are acting like they don't want to bring me," Henderson said of family members and coaches. The Irish football team is hosting Syracuse.

There's no doubt, that several Notre Dame fans would volunteer to help out.

Seantrel Henderson is arguably the top recruit in the class-of-2010. The 6-foot-7, 313-pound offensive tackle out of Cretin Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn., has already racked up roughly 20 scholarship offers from places like Notre Dame, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

"They usually talk about the quickness, and talk about good hands," Henderson said of what college recruiters tell him they like about his game. This past season, he helped lead his team to a 12-1 record a spot in the state semifinals.

The Notre Dame coaching staff would like to get Henderson's opinion on the campus. He's never visited, and the trip this weekend looks to be fifty-fifty.

The Irish coaches were turned on to Henderson when he was just a freshman, and they were recruiting his prep teammate and current Notre Dame freshman receiver Michael Floyd.

"Well, first I was introduced to coach (Charlie) Weis and coach (Rob) Ianello, they came up to school, they were talking to Michael, they had a home visit with Michael, and they came to school and I was introduced to them and they watched a basketball game," Henderson explained. "That was the first time talking to them, and I started hearing from them as far as mail and things like that."

On September 1st, the first day college programs can offer high school juniors, Weis was on the phone bright and early with Henderson.

"I like Notre Dame," Henderson stated. "I think they're a pretty good school, and they have a nice program down there. I don't know a lot about them other than what I hear from my buddy Mike Floyd. I think when I come down there for an unofficial, I'll probably get most of the information I need to get about the school."

When Henderson and Floyd find the occasional time to talk with each having a busy schedule, Floyd fills Henderson in on the Irish program.

"He pretty much told me that the campus is nice, that their dorms are nice, and he said the food is real good," Henderson laughed. Besides Floyd, Notre Dame has landed former Cretin players Ryan Harris (an offensive tackle with the Denver Broncos), Marcus Freeman and Matt Carufel, who has since transferred to Minnesota. "That's what he was saying. He said the guys on the football team are pretty cool."

Henderson has only had a chance to visit Minnesota's campus thus far. He says the Gopher staff is recruiting him the hardest. Yet to hear anything from USC, that is the one school Henderson is hoping that offers, that hasn't already.

As of right now, Henderson hasn't put together a timetable on recruiting, or figured out what he's going to be looking for in a program.

"I think me and my parents are going to sit down and talk about that soon," Henderson said.

Right now, they'll talk about a possible ride to South Bend.


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