Another take on Seantrel Henderson

As college football's national letter-of-intent day closes in on us (Wednesday), a center of attention for at least five schools and much of the collegiate world is offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson of Cretin-Derham Hall Catholic High School in St. Paul, Minn.

As college football's national letter-of-intent day closes in on us (Wednesday), a center of attention for at least five schools and much of the collegiate world is offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson of Cretin-Derham Hall Catholic High School in St. Paul, Minn.

As well it should be. Henderson is huge (6-8, 338), extremely athletic (excellent basketball player), intelligent and fiercely competitive. There isn't a college in the country that wouldn't want him and he's Scout.com's No. 1-ranked player.

But Henderson and his parents have made every attempt to keep the pursuit of their son from becoming a media circus, and they have been careful about giving out information concerning their son's choice of a school, a decision that will be announced on CBS College Sports on Wednesday (about 10 a.m., Pacific Standard Time).

SCplaybook has conducted an all-out search for information about Henderson, including contacts with members of the media in his home city, particularly the St. Paul Pioneer-Press' Charley Walters, whose ``Shooter'' column is widely read and respected.

``The family and Seantrel have been about as tight-lipped about their intentions as any recruit and his family I've seen,'' Walters told SCPlaybook. ``No one knows anything for sure about Seantrel's intentions, including University of Minnesota coaches. But I'll say this -- we hear that it's Ohio State No. 1, USC No. 2 and Minnesota No. 3. The word is that Notre Dame and Florida are out of it.''

Henderson made a weekend official visit to Miami of Florida, then returned to the Twin Cities for a special University of Minnesota bash at the Gophers' beautiful year-old stadium.

``I wasn't there, but I was told it lasted two and a half hours,'' said Walters, a former Minnesota Twins pitcher. ``They lit up the entire stadium for him and made him feel wanted.''

Henderson did a recent interview with Nadine Babu of GopherHole.com, which covers Minnesota recruiting, and discussed his college options with her. Here are highlights:

Positives about USC: ``Everything, pretty much. The city of L.A. has a lot to do. All of their education aspects are great. Everything out there is real nice. The atmosphere is good; the teammates and the coaches all get along real well.'' Negatives about USC: ``I don't know -- everything is fast out there, so maybe that. L.A. is as fast-moving city.''

Positives about Ohio State: ``Kind of the same as USC. The atmosphere in the city of Columbus is great. Everyone on game day is all into it.'' Negatives: ``The class sizes are very big there -- maybe with 250 kids in classes.''

Positives about Minnesota: ``I know if I go to Minnesota I'll have a lot of support from family and friends. That's important to me.'' Negative: ``They went 6-6 last year and it's been kind of up and down here.''

Notre Dame? Positives: ``The tradition they have there -- that and the academics. It's like getting an Ivy League education without going to an Ivy League school.'' Negative? ``It might be too small. It's a smaller college town and doesn't have the advantages of being in a big city.''

Sounds like a young man with a good head to go with a strong body. We'll be waiting for word on Wednesday.


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