Wednesday, January 27, 2010

HENDERSON NAMED PARADE MAGAZINE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Seantrel Henderson

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Seantrel Henderson, a 6-foot-8, 330-pound offensive tackle from St. Paul's Cretin-Derham Hall High School, was named the 2010 Parade Magazine prep football player of the year.

Henderson, who is considered the nation's top recruit by Scout.com, will make his collegiate choice known next Wednesday (National Signing Day) in New York.

Ohio State, Southern California, Notre Dame, Florida, Iowa, Miami (FL) and Minnesota are all in major recruiting battle for the Minnesota prep star.

According to respected recruiting analysts' Bill Greene (SuperPrep) and Bruce Feldman (ESPN), the Buckeyes are the leaders for Henderson coming down the stretch.

Greene's take: "I've always seen Ohio State as a major player to land Henderson, and I still feel that way. I really think this one comes down to Notre Dame, USC, Florida and Ohio State. I'm not ready to scream to the heavens, but I feel Ohio State has a great chance to land Henderson, and I'm sticking with it."

Feldman's take: "My hunch is that with so much uncertainty (with coaching changes), you'd think it would help Ohio State's chances to land Henderson since things in Columbus appear rock steady with Jim Tressel ... My guess: Ohio State."

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel will be holding a signing day press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center in Columbus next Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The Buckeye Times will be on hand to provide complete coverage.