January 29, 2009

Iowa in the mix for top 2010 prospect

If you don't know the name Seantrel Henderson, you will become very aware of him soon. The 6-foot-8 and 300 pound offensive lineman could very well be the most highly recruited player in the country in the Class of 2010 and the Minnesota native was on Iowa's campus recently for the Hawkeyes Junior Day.

"We got lost on the way down there, but other than that it was a pretty good visit," Henderson said of his January 18th trip to the Iowa campus.

Henderson got a little help in the directions area when he picked up the phone and called his former high school teammate at Cretin-Derham High School, Broderick Binns, who is a member of the Iowa team.

"He helped us find our way there. He says he likes it at Iowa a lot from the first time he went there and that it is a good place for him."

Henderson said that the Iowa coaches rolled out the red carpet for the Junior Day event including a tour of the campus and the football facilities, plus some individual time with the coaching staff.

"We got to spend some time with the coaches and then we got on a bus and they took us on a tour around the campus and then came back and spent time in the practice facility and took a tour around there and they showed us everything. Then we sat down with the coaches again to talk," he said.

On Wednesday, Coach Kirk Ferentz was at Cretin- Derham High School making the rounds and checking in on Henderson and other potential prospects at the powerhouse program in the Twin Cities area.

"He came to my school today and it was pretty cool. He and Coach Johnson came to my school and they really didn't say too much, other than stopping by to visit."

Being one of, if not the most highly sought prospects in the entire country in 2010, Henderson will have his pick of just about any college program. He has already started working on the recruiting process and with the help of his family and the high school coaches, he will begin to narrow down a very long list of schools.

"My parents, coaches and I are going to start planning where I am going to take trips to and start to visit more schools. Then I want to cut my list down to a top ten or fifteen before my next football season, so can get a better idea of those schools. Then I will cut it down to five schools and take my official visits," Henderson said.

The question for Iowa is are they going to make the initial cut and have a shot?

"I want to get down there again and see more of the campus, so Iowa is in the mix."

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