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Report: USC releases Henderson

7/6/2010

Fallout from severe NCAA sanctions is starting to hit USC.

A day after backup defensive end Malik Jackson decided to transfer to Tennessee, Seantrel Henderson, widely regarded as the best prep offensive lineman in the nation last year, was released from his letter of intent by Trojans coach Lane Kiffin, according to the LA Times.

That means Henderson can now go anywhere he wants and play this fall. Miami and Ohio State have been reported as his top choices, but he still could opt to go to USC, though that seems like a long shot at this point.

Kiffin told the times that Henderson is being released with "zero penalties and no restrictions."

Kiffin and other USC coaches have been trying to re-recruit Henderson, who was wary of NCAA penalties before he finally signed with USC in March, weeks after national signing day.