USC hasn’t experienced quite the max exodus that some expected when sanctions were imposed on them by the NCAA last month, but Tuesday they suffered their biggest loss when they released prized offensive tackle Sentrel Henderson from his letter of intent leaving the five star lineman to play wherever he chooses this fall.
Henderson, considered by many to be the nation’s top overall recruit last year delayed his decision on Signing Day because of concerns over the looming sanctions for the Trojans. He eventually signed his LOI but when the rest of USC’s freshman class reported to campus, Henderson was not among them.
The USC coaches had hoped to lure Henderson back into the fold with a few trips to Minnesota, but according to the LA Times, the Trojan staff decided to allow him his full release with no limitations. “We are releasing Seantrel Henderson out of his national letter of intent with zero penalties and no restrictions,” Kiffin told the Times.
Before anyone gets too excited, Notre Dame was not one of Henderson’s finalists and the chances of Notre Dame getting back in on Henderson are remote. Should Henderson decide to enroll anywhere but USC though, it will weaken a USC offensive line that has seen some Willingham-like recruiting over the past two classes. Combine the lack of bodies in the last two classes with the restrictions imposed on USC by the NCAA and the Trojans could be facing a serious problem along their offensive front in the near future.
Henderson was rumored to be visiting Miami last weekend making the Hurricanes a likely destination for the elite left tackle prospect. Those rumors were later dispelled, but Miami remains a strong candidate for Henderson’s services. Ohio State, another one of Henderson’s finalists could get back into the mix as well.