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USC football: Lane Kiffin releases Seantrel Henderson from letter of intent

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Seantrel Henderson
, regarded by many as the top prospect in the nation in the Class of 2010, will be released from his letter of intent with USC, Coach Lane Kiffin said.

The release allows the 6-foot-8 lineman from Minnesota to attend another school without having to sit out a season. He could, however, still decide to remain with USC.

"As of 1:30 p.m, we are releasing Seantrel Henderson out of his national letter of intent with zero penalties and no restrictions," Kiffin said. "Seantrel has been great through the whole process and we wish him the best of luck in his decision."

Henderson could not be reached for comment.

Henderson has seemingly been vacillating about his decision to attend USC ever since verbally committing to the Trojans in February -- before the school appeared before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

Henderson signed a letter of intent in March, three months before the NCAA hit USC with major sanctions that include a two-year bowl ban and reduction in scholarships.

USC coaches traveled to Minnesota to reassure Henderson after the penalties were announced and made another trip recently when he did not report to USC with other incoming freshman for summer school.

Henderson is reportedly leaning toward attending Miami or Ohio State, but USC is hopeful that he could still decide to remain with the Trojans.

More later at latimes.com/sports.

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Cretin-Derham Hall's Seantrel Henderson celebrates with his teammates after Class 5A championship in November. Credit: A.J. Olmscheid / Associated Press.

 
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