Henderson not signed to USC just yet

Updated: February 4, 2010, 2:38 AM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

USC's highly touted 2010 football recruiting class wasn't quite locked up as of late Wednesday night.

One of the gems of the class, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, will wait to sign his letter of intent until after USC appears before the NCAA infractions committee beginning Feb. 19, Henderson's father, Sean, told The New York Times.

Henderson (6 feet 7, 295 pounds) was considered the best offensive lineman in the country by several scouting services. He verbally committed to USC on Wednesday.

The NCAA and the Pacific 10 Conference are investigating reports that former USC tailback Reggie Bush accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper benefits from would-be sports marketers in 2005.

Earlier Wednesday, the first day football recruits can sign letters of intent, USC coach Lane Kiffin said he would be surprised if any of his recruits waited beyond Wednesday night to sign. He said the shadow of NCAA sanctions was not a major obstacle in recruiting.

"Obviously it was something that came up at times," Kiffin said.

Recruits have until April 1 to sign their letters.

Mark Saxon covers USC football for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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