Trojans After Seantrel

With National Signing Day now just two weeks away, Scout's top overall prospect in the 2010 class, Seantrel Henderson, remains the most sought after recruit in the nation and the USC Trojans are still very much in the mix for his commitment.

With National Signing Day now just two weeks away, Scout's top overall prospect in the 2010 class, Seantrel Henderson, remains the most sought after recruit in the nation and the USC Trojans are still very much in the mix for his commitment.

With the recent departure of Pete Carroll to the NFL, USC assistant coach Ed Orgeron headed to Minnesota on Wednesday to meet with the five-star offensive lineman.

"He just came up to say hello and shake hands with Seantrel," Seantrel's father, Sean Henderson said. "It went great. They will be coming back on Wednesday for the in-home visit."

For Seantrel, who is also considering Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Miami and Minnesota, having to deal with coaching changes and other coaching issues has become all too common throughout the recruiting process.

"(Carroll's departure) was disturbing for us because it was the third time that something happened like that," Henderson said. "We went to Florida, came back, and six days later Urban Meyer was on television talking about he's leaving. We went down to Notre Dame back in October and Charlie Weis told me directly to my face that he was staying."

With all of the coaching moves that have taken place, Seantrel has learned to focus more on the school as a whole, than just the head coach.

"I think now instead of him looking at the coaches I think he is looking at the prestige of the school and the history of the school and their overall reputation," Henderson said. "He has seen that some of these coaches and their staffs can go at the drop of a dime."

So what factors will go into Seantrel's decision?

"The biggest factors are always his overall comfort," Henderson said. "Other than that his relationship with the line coach and his relationship with the players. He's going to play great ball and get a great education anywhere that he goes, but those are the major things for him. Just his overall comfort, and the relationship with the coach and the players, and somewhere where he feels like he can fit in."

One USC recruit that Henderson has become very comfortable with is five-star running back Dillon Baxter, who just reaffirmed his commitment to the Trojans.

"They met in Washington D.C. for the media tour for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and I believe that they hit it off right away," Henderson said. "It was just those two guys out there and they seemed to have a great time every time I have been around them. My man Dillon, Dillon is a wonderful guy.

"Only a couple of times have I seen that much passion and drive in a person, where you can just see it. It's all heart and real intense. I like that about (Dillon) and he has great parents.

"I met his mother and step father and we had a great time down in San Antonio."

Sean Henderson raved about his son's official visit Los Angeles and was very impressed by the academics at USC.

"Seantrel loved it out there. The one thing that we love as parents is it's a private school and it's smaller, and the prestige and value of the education," said Henderson. "This is something that you can't just necessarily go and find. Even if you could pay for it you might not get accepted because of the criteria that they want you to have. They are very selective about who they choose.

"To be with the best, and to actually graduate with the best of the best says everything. I think that would be a total package that would spell success for Seantrel's future."

Seantrel Henderson will make his college choice on National Signing Day.


USC is still in the mix for Seantrel Henderson.


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