With Signing Day Here, Gophers Look Out of Running for Seantrel Henderson

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By Mike Gallagher

Seantrel Henderson is one of the best recruits to ever come out of Minnesota, and it looks as if he’ll be the best one ever to get away.

With signing day on February 3rd, Henderson is set to announce his decision on CBS College Sports Network at 4:30 p.m. central time.

Not a person that can be found on earth knows what school Henderson is going to go with, and a dry run a few hours ago in the CBS College studios wielded no hint of it, either.

The one detail we do know, which is completely insignificant, is that it may not involve a hat selection, just a verbal revealing of the choice.

That detail is even more insignificant to the Gophers at this point, as it seems that they have little to no chance of getting the 6’8’’, 338 pound monster of 2010 recruiting.

Some websites already have the Gophers out of the running, while most have them fourth or fifth behind what is reportedly the now-favorite Trojans of USC, followed by Miami, Ohio State, and then the Gophers.  Florida and Notre Dame are the other schools some services have ranked ahead of the Gophers.

“Seantrel remains uncommitted at this time and the six schools he has narrowed his list down to remain the same,” reiterated Seantrel’s father Sean in a phone interview conducted by Sports Illustrated.

Despite an aggressive recruiting push that included 77 reasons why Henderson should come to Minnesota (Henderson wore #77 in high school) and a series of marketing campaigns shown to Henderson by Tim Brewster over the last few weeks, it appears Brewster is once again not living up to the hype of being one of the nation’s best recruiters.

Currently, the Gophers sit at #68 in the team rankings according to Scout.com.  That number would go through the ceiling should Henderson have a last second change of heart, as it also would if four star recruit James Louis backs out of his Ohio State commitment as it is rumored he will.  Louis is seemingly being won over by former high school teammate and Gopher signee RB Donnell Kirkwood.

Unfortunately for the Gophers, there’s nothing left to pull out of the bag to sway Henderson.  The Gophers have put on the full court press for months, and it still seems to not be enough.

At the moment, it appears the Gophers are sitting in the bottom quarter of the Big Ten’s recruiting classes and haven’t signed anyone in the ESPNU 150 and only one signee is ranked in the top 20 at their respective position (Jimmy Gjere, offensive guard).

Tim Brewster’s two-year contract extension was perhaps a last ditch effort to get Henderson won over by the fact that he would be ensured the same coach over his years here.  I’m sure it’s not the only reason, but it definitely had something to do with the odd timing of the extension.

But when this falls through Wednesday at 4:30, and Seantrel bolts for the west coast, that extension may look even more foolish than it did when Brewster signed on the dotted line.

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  1. Diego Xenos says

    Dude, are you serious? You are saying MN is out without any proof or fact, and you write and I quote “Not a person that can be found on earth knows what school Henderson is going to go with, and a dry run a few hours ago in the CBS College studios wielded no hint of it, either.” So tell me how do you know MN is out? Also about your comment on “Despite an aggressive recruiting push that included 77 reasons why Henderson should come to Minnesota (Henderson wore #77 in high school) and a series of marketing campaigns shown to Henderson by Tim Brewster over the last few weeks, it appears Brewster is once again not living up to the hype of being one of the nation’s best recruiters.” Brewster did the only thing MN could offer the other schools really could not make Seantrel a “brand” a hometown superstar plus later in your blog you write that we might get current OSU commit James Louis which in itself will be astonishing, so don’t go saying Brewster is not a good recruiter.

  2. Andy Weise says

    I too think it’s silly to say “Gophers look out of the running”… they’re in this until the end! OSU/USC/MN

  3. Big Ten Guy says

    Are you SEANTREL4GOPHS posting stories to get your page count up???

  4. Big Ten Guy…Of course not! I’m the president of this website and I assure you that I would never allow such behavior!!! This is a PROFESSIONAL operation here, and if any of my contributors were doing such things I would SHUT it down IMMEDIATELY because such behavior would reflect poorly upon me and my operation.

  5. Andy Weise says

    Disappointing the Gophers didn’t get him but it’s not surprising… I mean — they got Joe Mau… Michael Fl… Chris Wei…

  6. Andy Weise says

    Paul — I saw a link posted on a forum, that equals page hits!

  7. paulmbanks says

    I like the sound of that Andy! Boo-yah!! cha-ching cha-ching

  8. wow, lot of critics, let me point out that seantrel went to usc and the Gophers were a distant fourth, and that the gophers rank 70th in the nation as far as 2010 recruiting class, i wouldnt say off those numbers and the history of the people he has gotten in this program, that he is a good recruiter Diego, feel free to come back at me, i’d be interested to see what you think…..

  9. lots of strong feelings here, frustrated just like me that the gophers have been so unsuccessful lately… thanks for the solid reporting, mike…

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