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Former top USC recruit Seantrel Henderson starts practice with Miami Hurricanes

August 5, 2010 |  2:54 pm

Henderson_200 One of USC's top football recruits took part in the first day of practice Thursday -- unfortunately for Trojans fans, that practice was nowhere near Southern California.

That's because Seantrel Henderson is now one of Miami's top recruits. The offensive tackle verbally committed to USC in February but waited until March to sign his letter of intent because he was concerned about the NCAA's investigation into the Trojans' football program.

After the NCAA sanctions came down, Henderson was eventually released from his scholarship and free to enroll elsewhere without having to sit out a season.

Which leads to Thursday's first practice with the Hurricanes. Coach Randy Shannon told the South Florida Sun Sentinel it will take Henderson a while to adjust to the college level of play and the extreme South Florida heat.

"He's physically fit," Shannon said. "[With] big guys, it takes about two weeks to get involved in it. The first week is going to be a struggle. The second week, they'll feel a little bitter. The third week, they should be in tune with it."

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Seantrel Henderson at practice with the Hurricanes on Thursday morning. Credit: Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press