Seantrel Henderson Moving On After Failing to Live Up to Hype

February 3, 2014 at 11:30a    by DJ Byrnes    
Seantrel Henderson

Seantrel Henderson, a five-star OL, was the No. 1 player in the country in the 2010 class. He had a litany of offers, and Ohio State was in on him after he decommitted from Southern Cal and all the way until the point Henderson committed to the Miami Hurricanes. At the time, he was considered a can't-miss prospect.

Four years later, and Henderson is a cautionary tale that recruiting isn't done with 100% certainty:

It was a career littered with starts (26 in his career) and stops (various injuries). He experienced two head coaches and three suspensions -- Henderson revealed recently -- because of marijuana use.

Despite being a freshman All-American, Henderson never rose higher than third-team all-ACC.

"How did he play?" asked Art Kehoe, Henderson's offensive line coach for three of his four seasons at Miami. "I would say that he's been a work in progress."

It's ironic Seantrel chose not to attend USC due to fear of sanctions, only to be hit by sanctions upon arriving at Miami. Henderson's career certainly wasn't awful at Miami, but it should serve as a warning sign about putting huge expecations on kids, no matter how much their high school tape may lead you to think they're a sure-fire prospect.



acBuckeye's picture

Wasn't he basically a midwest kid who kept jumping from one warm weather spot to another b/c his Dad wanted him to?

AcrossTheField11's picture

It was about whatever city would further his dad's rap career the most. 

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

LouGroza's picture

A good reminder that no one player is a sure fire star. Just support the players that come and be damn happy they came to OSU. Don't fret about the ones that go elsewhere. You never really know.

Barnsey69's picture

Too funny, I just looked him up a couple hours ago! And yes, just another example of "can't miss" missing. But hey, Alex Boone got his shit together and is having a fine career, and so can Seantrel. I remember his dad being a real piece of crap throughout his up-n-down recruiting process...probably still trying to cash in on his boy.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Great point on Boone. If you would have told me he'd have a great NFL career after he left Ohio State I would have laughed at you. Obviously, alcohol was a big impediment on his talent. 

Glad he got it together, as I hate seeing kids toss away talent.

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Barnsey69's picture

Yep, Seantrel's albatross is pot versus weed, and probably real bad advice from his inner circle. 
And, yes wasted talent is very depressing.

I am a modern-art masterpiece.

AcrossTheField11's picture

The short-sitedness of young adults kills me.  Put in 2 years of hard work in college and get a rookie contract with guaranteed money and you're basically set... retire whenever you want and move to Colorado and smoke that albatross for the rest of your life in a financially stable situation.  
Not sure its what Woody had in mind when he said "Pay it Forward" but oh well.  

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

osusteveb5875's picture

Re: Alex Boone: Booze prob didn't help, but the determining factor was having Bollman as line coach. No man did less with more

Calgarybuck's picture

How's his dad's rapping career?

OSUStu's picture

Good question.  Hopefully Seantrel gets drafted to a city where he can make some music industry connects for his pop.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Barnsey69's picture

Probably opening for K-Fed at a county fair near you, be sure to check Stubhub!

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CharlieBuckeye's picture

I upvoted both LOUGROZA and BARNSEY69 as they are both spot on.  No one can tell which players will live up to the unnaturally high expectations lofted upon them or the influences (and/or lack of influences) placed on them by their parents. 
Always hope for the best for those who do become a part of the Buckeyes.  Do not disparage those who decided to choose a different route in attempting to better themselves.

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toad1204's picture

He almost came to OSU.  Would have been a nice addition the last three years.  Wish him the best but its looking a little bleak. 
Second content post of mine to go on to bigger and better things in the last couple weeks.  I'll pat myself on the back on the way out. 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Young_Turk's picture

Has 4 years gone by already?  

buckskin's picture

When he was wanting to go to USC because of the whole rap career thing/dad; I cooled on him.  Still hope he can get it together and have a good NFL career.

KBonay's picture

Not dismissing Miami's coaching, but he may find someone in the NFL that can get him on the right path.  He obviously has the talent.

Furious George 27's picture

It would have been interesting to see what he would have done under Warriner if he came here. Miami has had several top rated classes that have failed to live up to the hype, so it may be more on the coaching than the players.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

cal3713's picture

I believe it is a statistical fact that Miami has gotten fewer wins out of their NFL talent than any other program.
"As of the 2013 NFL season, UM has the most players active in the NFL of any university in the nation."  
And what have they won with those players??

JozyMozy's picture

Like Kirk Barton is so fond of saying- Rule #1: never believe your own hype coming out of high school. 

sharks's picture

With the fourth pick in the 2014 draft, the Cleveland Browns select...

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osusteveb5875's picture

Booze prob didn't help, but the determining factor was having Bollman as line coach. No man did less with more

cal3713's picture

It may not have lived up to expectations, but I have a hard time calling a college career that ends up with an NFL signing a bust.  The kid's about to go make money playing football...