Seantrel Henderson
Miami HurricanesNo. 77
Offensive tackle Junior
Major: Undecided
Date of birth: (1992-01-21) January 21, 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Height: 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight: 345 lb (156 kg; 24 st 9 lb)
Career history
High school: St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall
Career highlights and awards
  • FWAA, CFN, Phil Steele, Rivals Freshman All-American (2010)
  • USA Today Offensive Player of the Year (2009)
  • AP Minnesota Player of the Year (2009)
  • USA Today All-USA First Team (2008, 2009)
  • Rivals High School Junior of the Year (2008)
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Seantrel Henderson (born January 21, 1992[1][2]) is an American football offensive tackle for the University of Miami. He attended Cretin-Derham Hall High School and originally signed a letter of intent to play college football at the University of Southern California,[3] but was released from his commitment in July 2010 and eventually committed to the University of Miami.[4]

Tom Lemming called Henderson "a cross between Jonathan Ogden and Orlando Pace", two of the best offensive tackles in the NFL over the past decade,[5] while Sports Illustrated described him "probably the most polished lineman of the past decade."[6]

High school careerEdit

Henderson was considered the top overall player in his class by a number of recruiting services; named him their 2008 Junior of the Year,[7] while USA Today named him to their All-American First-Team as one of only two juniors.[8] Henderson made the All-USA team in 2009 again, and was also named Offensive Player of the Year, the first lineman to do so in the 28-year history of the award.[9]

He was also featured in a July 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated, profiling young athletes poised to star in their sports, alongside Taylor Hall and Jeremy Tyler.[10]

In 2009, Henderson helped Cretin-Derham Hall to a 5A state championship and was named Minnesota Player of the Year by the Associated Press. It’s believed to be the first time the annual award has gone to a lineman.[11]

A two-sport star, Henderson was also considered a top basketball prospect.[1] He played for the "Howard Pulley Panthers" on the AAU circuit alongside Harrison Barnes, one of the nation's top basketball prospects.[12] Henderson also throws shot put and discus and won the 1500 meter race walk, shot put, and discus in the USATF 2004 Minnesota Junior Olympics Outdoor Championships.


After unofficial visits to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State, he acknowledged that Michigan was his early favorite.[13] In the summer of 2009, Henderson took unofficial visits to Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee, Southern California and UCLA. At that point, Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State and Michigan were mentioned as leading contenders. Henderson's former Cretin-Derham Hall teammate Michael Floyd was playing for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Henderson scheduled his fifth and final official recruiting visit to the University of Miami for the 2010 Pro Bowl weekend in late January. He had already made official visits to USC, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida.[14]

Henderson announced his college decision on Tom Lemming's television show on CBS College Sports on National Signing Day.[15] He verbally committed to the Trojans, but did not sign his letter of intent until after USC went before the NCAA infractions committee on February 19 to respond to allegations relating to a scandal involving Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush.[16] Henderson finally signed his letter of intent on March 22, 2010.[3] When the NCAA rendered its decision banning USC from postseason play for two years and imposing severe scholarship reductions, Henderson asked to be released from his commitment to USC. Henderson was released from his commitment to USC on July 6, 2010.[17]

On July 9, 2010, Henderson announced his decision to attended the University of Miami, which had always been his "second choice", according to his father.[4]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman at Miami, Henderson played 12 games (including 9 starts) and saw most of his action at right tackle. He graded out at 100 percent in just his second collegiate game, against Pittsburgh. Henderson earned All-Freshman selections by the Football Writers Association of America, College Football News, Phil Steele,[18][19]

In 2011, Henderson played in eight games and earned two starts after recovering from off-season back surgery. In March 2012, Henderson was suspended for the first weekend of spring practice for violating team policy. The team also announced that he would not play in the opening game of the 2012 season against Maryland.[20][21]

On August 1, 2012, Henderson was involved in a car accident in which the Chevy Impala he was driving ran a red light and crashed into a car carrying a family of six. Two children in the car were transported to the hospital. Henderson received a concussion. Henderson was cited for driving with an expired license and running a red light. Henderson missed the first twelve Miami Hurricane practices while recovering from the concussion.[22]

In the 2012 season, Henderson started seven games at right tackle for the Hurricanes.[23] He was an honorable mention on the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team. Henderson opted to remain at Miami rather than make himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft.[24]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Millea, John (January 23, 2008). "Henderson is the next big thing". Star Tribune.
  2. Millea, John (August 31, 2009), "Cretin-Derham Hall's Seantrel Henderson: Everyone's No. 1", Star Tribune,
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dyer, Kristian R. (March 23, 2010), "Top recruit Seantrel Henderson finally signs letter with USC", Sport Illustrated,
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jackson, Barry (July 9, 2010), "Offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson will enroll at UM", Miami Herald,
  5. "Recruiting guru tabs Cretin's Henderson as best in Class of 2010", Star Tribune, April 23, 2008,
  6. Dyer, Kristian (December 18, 2009), "No. 1 recruit Seantrel Henderson getting used to grueling process", Sports Illustrated,
  7. Buchanan, Olin (January 29, 2009). "Junior of the Year: Henderson draws coaches north".
  8. USA Today.
  9. "All-USA football: Henderson, Joyner named players of year", USA Today, December 23, 2009,
  10. Lemire, Joe (July 14, 2008), "Where Will They Be?", Sports Illustrated,
  11. Campbell, Dave (December 5, 2009), "Cretin’s Henderson named Player of Year", West Central Tribune,
  12. Winkeljohn, Matt (November 12, 2009), "Harrison Barnes and Seantrel Henderson formed a one-two punch on the Twin Cities-based Pulley Panthers AAU team",,
  13. Helmholdt, Josh (May 13, 2009). "Nation’s No. 1 prospect 'loved' visit to Michigan". Detroit Free Press.
  14. Millea, John (January 21, 2010), "Seantrel Henderson schedules final college visit", Star Tribune,
  15. Leighton, Tim (January 11, 2010), "Cretin-Derham Hall lineman Seantrel Henderson will name his college choice on Feb. 3", Pioneer Press,
  16. Evans, Thayer (February 3, 2010), "Top U.S.C. Recruit Is Not Signed Yet", New York Times,
  17. Klein, Gary (July 6, 2010), "Trojans release top recruit Seantrel Henderson from scholarship", Los Angeles Times,
  18. "2010 Freshman All-America Team". FWAA. January 10, 2011.
  19. "2010 All-Freshman Team Offense". CFN. December 14, 2010.
  20. Degnan, Susan (March 4, 2012) "Three Miami Hurricanes players suspended for first weekend of spring practice." Miami Herald. (Retrieved 4-26-2012.).
  21. Eye on the U (March 11, 2012) "Seantrel Henderson suspended for UM season opener." Miami Herald. (Retrieved 4-26-2012.)
  22. Navarro, Manny (August 18, 2012) "Miami Hurricanes’ Seantrel Henderson ‘glad to still be alive’ following car wreck." Miami Herald.
  23. Millan, Jorge (January 12, 2013) "NCAA could deliver notice of allegations against University of Miami ‘as early as Monday.’" Palm Beach Post. (Retrieved 1-16-2013.)
  24. Degnan, Susan Miller (January 16, 2013) "NFL on hold for Miami Hurricanes’ Brandon Linder, Curtis Porter, Seantrel Henderson. Miami Herald. (Retrieved 1-16-2013.)

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