USC releases Henderson from letter of intent

Over before it really even began. That is how the Seantrel Henderson era at USC will officially go down in the books.

Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin announced Tuesday that the offensive tackle recruit is being released from his national letter of intent. Rampant speculation has the massive 6-7, 295-pound lineman enrolling at Miami to play for the Hurricanes.

One of the nation's top recruits, Henderson signed with ‘SC well after national signing day because he was concerned about the NCAA sanctions the school faced because of the Reggie Bush situation. The penalties the Trojans received include a postseason ban of two years and loss of scholarships over the next three academic years. The Trojans are petitioning some of the penalties.

While USC is hopeful that Henderson will eventually decide to enroll at the school, it doesn’t seem very likely.

Henderson also considered Ohio State and hometown Minnesota during the recruiting process.

What is interesting is that USC could have forced Henderson to either report to campus or enroll elsewhere and pay his own way for a year before being eligible in 2011 — the terms of the letter. Kiffin also could have limited some of the schools Henderson could pursue, such as not allowing Pac-10 schools or teams USC would face on their future schedules.

However, Henderson is being allowed to walk free and will be able to enroll at any school immediately and be eligible to play as early as this season.

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