Class of 2010 Recruit Updates: Seantrel Henderson Still Tops
Not much has changed, however, for offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, ranked numero uno in the Class of 2010 by two recruiting services. Henderson, a 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle from Saint Paul, Minn., has received more than 50 scholarship offers in football and, for good measure, two in basketball.
Elite programs across the country are waiting to hear where Henderson will take his official visits this fall. He has made unofficial trips to Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Florida, USC and Ohio State.
Henderson, a senior at Cretin-Derham Hall, hopes to narrow his gargantuan list to five favorites this month. He plans to announce his school of choice on National Signing Day in February after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 9 in San Antonio.
"After I narrow it down, it will be better for me," Henderson told Scout.com. "It won't be as hectic as it is for me now."
Added Cretin-Derham football coach Mike Scanlan: "He's got a list going, but it fluctuates from day to day. Seantrel is not the kind of kid who says no very easily, so this is going to be hard for him to narrow things down."
Henderson, also an accomplished prep and AAU basketball player, played with the Howard Pulley Panthers this summer. The Twin Cities-based AAU team, widely considered one of the top programs in Minnesota, also featured top basketball prospect Harrison Barnes.
Barnes, from Ames, Iowa, is the second-rated basketball player in the Class of 2010 by recruiting services.
Last summer, Henderson attended the Nike Hoops Jamboree, where he was measured at 6-foot-7 1/2 without shoes and weighed 303 pounds with a 7-foot-2 wing span and an 8-foot-9 reach. He has indicated that he wants to play both football and basketball in college.
In other recruiting news, Marcus Lattimore, the nation's No. 2 rated running back prospect and No. 7 overall prospect in the Rivals100, has announced his five final schools -- Oregon, Penn State, North Carolina, Auburn and South Carolina.
Lattimore, from Duncan-Byrnes, S.C., informed Rivals.com and Scout.com via text message that "this is final and will not change. I am taking my official visit to Oregon Oct. 31 and I have a visit set to Penn State Oct. 10. I will take my other visits after the season."
Rivals and Scout also recently unveiled their college team rankings as the recruiting period for the Class of 2010 has reached the halfway point. Both services list Texas at No. 1. The Longhorns have received 19 non-binding verbal commitments, headlined by defensive end Reggie Wilson of Haltom, Texas.
Rivals' top-10 also includes LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Penn State, Michigan and Stanford. Scout's top-10 includes Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Penn State, Stanford, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.
Rivals recruiting analyst Jamie Newberg admits it will be interesting to see if the Longhorns can go wire-to-wire with the top class in the nation.
"This is a balanced class, and they all are from the Lone Star State," Newberg said.
"Can (Mack) Brown and the Longhorns go wire-to-wire with the top class in the nation? That will be decided by the decisions of running back Lache Seastrunk, wide receiver Darius White and defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat. All hail from Texas and each currently is the top prospect at his position."
Of the top-10 rated players each ranked by Rivals and Scout, only three have announced their decisions.
From Rivals, athlete Matt Elam (No. 8) of West Palm Beach has selected Florida. From Scout, in addition to Elam (No. 9), offensive tackle Andrew Norwell (No. 5) of Cincinnati has selected Ohio State and defensive end Chris Martin of Princeton, N.J., has picked Notre Dame.
At the Top Gun Camp in Florida last week, offensive lineman Robert Crisp, of Hillsborough, N.C., was named the camp's top overall player, while Connecticut prospects Silas Reed (athlete) and Khairi Fortt (linebacker) were selected the top offensive and defensive players.
Crisp has committed to North Carolina State. Reed has committed to Penn State, while Fortt's top schools include Penn State, Georgia, USC, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee.