Seantrel Henderson Headed to USC
He's a rare player with the bulk, height and athleticism to be an obvious choice for left tackle at the college level. Thanks to Michael Lewis' The Blind Side, that position has gained extra public notoriety and appreciation, fueling recruitniks' interest in Henderson.
Henderson is a major get for the Trojans, who missed out on at least one line prospect Wednesday and are arguably a bit thin at offensive line depth. Before the Henderson announcement, USC had just three scholarship offensive tackles on the roster. He'll join another freshman tackle, Giovanni Di Poalo in providing immediate depth.
The Trojans' star tackle right now is Tyron Smith, a swift-footed junior who started at right tackle last year until the program did not let him participate in the bowl game. He could stay at right tackle or move to left depending on the development of Henderson as well as holdovers Matt Kalil and Kevin Graf. Both are listed at 6'-6", with Kalil a redshirt sophomore who started in the bowl and Graf a highly coveted redshirt freshman. Both are younger brothers of former USC linemen.
Henderson has a great opportunity given how inexperienced USC's tackles are. That said, all three incumbents were heavily recruited, have ideal size and do have the experience edge but the departure of senior Charles Brown does provide an opening for USC to work Henderson into the mix and very soon.