Iowa football fans started the week optimistic the Hawkeyes might land super recruit Seantrel Henderson from Minnesota. Word from the family on Wednesday made it seem like the dream of gaining a commitment from the country's top prospect in the Class of 2010 has come to an end.
During a text message interview on Wednesday with Seantrel's father, Sean Henderson, Hawkeye Insider learned that Iowa likely is out of the picture in the recruitment of the mammoth offensive lineman.
Sean said that a scheduled in-home visit with Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz for Tuesday night was canceled. The Hawkeyes did not plan to reschedule an in-home with Seantrel and his family, Sean said.
"Tell (the Iowa fans) that he pulled out because we wouldn't give them our final official visit," Sean said in a text message.
Seantrel, Scout.com's No. 1 overall prospect since rankings for the 2010 Class began, has taken four of his five official visits – USC, Notre Dame, Florida and Ohio State – allowed by the NCAA. When Hawkeye Insider spoke with Seantrel in San Antonio at the Army Bowl earlier this month, the 6-foot-8, 340-pounder said the Hawkeyes were in the mix with Miami of Florida for the fifth official visit.
When asked if the Hawkeyes were out of the recruiting picture for his son on Wednesday, Sean said in a text: "It looks that way. But that was their choice, not ours."
According to NCAA rules, Ferentz and his coaching staff cannot speak about a recruit until he signs an official letter of intent to a school. This year's signing period starts on Feb. 3 and runs through April 1.
Perhaps Ferentz and his staff gathered enough information or got a vibe that their chances of landing Seantrel weren't very good. Maybe they wanted to use their resources in pursuit of what they felt were more attainable targets.
Ferentz could discuss his reason(s) for pulling out of the Seantrel sweepstakes down the line. Maybe he won't.
Now, we're only getting one side of the story. But, that's all we have, and it appears to be enough to say Iowa will not bring in the No.1 recruit in the country.
A week built with excitement over Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz visiting the Class of 2010's top prospect turned to disappointment on Wednesday. Hawkeye Insider learned from Seantrel Henderson's father, Sean, that the Hawkeyes decided to decline in-home meetings with the family. Find out the reason from the family's side in this HI.com recruiting update.
No. 1 Recruit's Father Says Ferentz Pulled Out of In-Home Visit