The nation’s #1 recruit and the top recruit left on Notre Dame’s board, Seantrel Henderson, will be announcing his college decision on Signing Day on Tom Lemming’s Signing Day special on CBS College Sports. Henderson is still deciding between 8 schools – Notre Dame included.
Henderson has long been one of the most pivotal recruits on Notre Dame’s board this year due to the need at left tackle on the Irish roster. With both starting tackles from the 2009 Irish offensive line exhausting their eligibility, there will be two tackles spots up for grabs heading into the season and Henderson could very likely find himself holding one of those spots should he end up in South Bend.
The recruitment of Henderson is going to be one of the first major challenges for new head coach Brian Kelly. At his previous stints at Cincinnati and Central Michigan, Kelly wasn’t going after the #1 prospects in the country. Landing a recruit like Seantrel Henderson certainly would quiet any remaining concerns on Kelly’s ability to recruit on a national level.
So far Henderson has kept his recruitment pretty well concealed and while there are some grumblings about where he may be leaning right now, no one seems to have a really good idea of where Henderson will end up. USC was at one time considered the favorite, but it’s not clear how the departure of Pete Carroll and the arrival of Lane Kiffin will have on his decision.
Working in Notre Dame’s favor is rising junior Michael Floyd who attended the same high school as Henderson and played on the same team as him during his senior year at Cretin Derham.
Interestingly enough, the Pioneer Press reported that Henderson is still working on getting his ACT score up.
Henderson has recorded a 17 on the ACT test and needs to raise that to 19 to qualify. He plans to take the test again Feb. 6. Henderson’s father said if he maintains a B average in his core classes the rest of his senior year, he won’t need to get a 19 on the ACT. But Henderson doesn’t want to take that route.
“He wants to get that 19 on his own,” Sean Henderson said. “We are keeping him on track (academically). He wants to show that.”
Considering how long the Irish have been recruiting Henderson and how much effort has been spent on his recruitment though, the Irish staff must be confident that Henderson will qualify without any issues.
Notre Dame received a surprise commitment on Signing Day last year when 5-star linebacker Manti Te’o picked the Irish over USC and UCLA.
Could Kelly and Notre Dame catch lightning in a bottle two years in a row? Dayne Crist and the Irish quarterbacks certainly hope so.