Kiffin Visits Seantrel

USC head coach Lane Kiffin and his father, Monte Kiffin, continued to crisscross the country visiting recruits, and the duo made a stop in Minnesota on Wednesday night for an in-home visit with Scout's top overall prospect, Seantrel Henderson

USC head coach Lane Kiffin and his father, Monte Kiffin, continued to crisscross the country visiting recruits, and the duo made a stop in Minnesota on Wednesday night for an in-home visit with Scout's top overall prospect, Seantrel Henderson.

The in-home visit was the first opportunity for the Henderson's to meet USC's new head coach and defensive coordinator and hear about their plans for Seantrel and his future.

"The visit went great. I got to meet head coach Lane Kiffin and his father, Monte Kiffin," Seantrel's father, Sean Henderson said. "To be able to put a face to the name and actually meet these guys went really well.

"Lane actually graduated from high school in Minnesota about three or four years after I graduated from high school so we all had a couple of things in common. They are real great guys."

Sean Henderson raved about how thorough the coaches' presentation was and also mentioned that he has been impressed with how the new staff has held the recruiting class together since the departure of Pete Carroll.

"They did a real job of utilizing their time. They showed everything about the school, the tradition, the past and current players, accolades and all that," Sean Henderson said. "I think USC did a great job of coming and giving it to him straight.

"They have maintained all of the recruiting that Pete Carroll and his staff were doing. All of the guys that were in place are still in play and some of these guys have already started classes already, so everything is looking positive.

"Like I said, my son has just less than a week to make a decision and we just wanted to get him to meet the coaches, and let the coaches put their best foot forward, and give Seantrel as much information that they could, and do their best job with the small window of opportunity that they have so he can make a sound decision next Wednesday."

One issue that was addressed during the visit was all the talk and media reports concerning the NCAA investigation of the USC football program and possible sanctions.

"Regardless of where my son chooses to go, whether he picks USC or not, I still wish those guys the best because with the allegations that are going on I really hope that it doesn't affect the new coaching staff and these new guys that are coming in there. The media and some of the people out there have been putting a lot of flack on USC for maybe a couple of bad decisions made maybe by some people or players.

"For some reason, people like to point the finger at USC because of what they have done in the past and the success that they have had, and kind of want to bring them down a little bit, and I don't think that is fair to anybody. It's about these kids and their future.

"They said they are just allegations and nobody has been actually convicted of anything. A lot of this stuff could just be hearsay."

Henderson will make take his final official visit to Miami this week and has narrowed down his list of schools to USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Miami, Minnesota and Florida with an announcement set for signing day.

"I honestly think it's still up in the air," Sean Henderson said. "He still has one final home visit with Miami and a final trip to Miami. Then we come back Sunday and will spend the last few hours with the (Minnesota) Gophers. Then everything has to be done. There is no more contact after midnight on Sunday.

"He will have roughly two days after that to really, really think hard about what he wants to do and where he feels most comfortable. I told him to trust his gut. I don't pressure him; I just want him to take the most time possible."

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for a follow up article that will discuss the factors that will go into Seantrel Henderson's final decision.


Henderson is considering USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Minnesota and Miami.


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