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September 30, 2009MORE: Army AA announcements | Ronald Powell Army AA announcement ceremony
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The nation's No. 1 prospect is now officially a part of the nation's No. 1 All-America game.
Offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson, the nation's top recruit from Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall, was named as a member of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Wednesday. He was honored at a ceremony in the commons area at his high school in front of friends, family and members of the Army.
Henderson said the biggest honor at the event was being around people that serve the nation.
"I know that they sacrifice a lot of things just to be in the Army," Henderson said.
"I think that's just a good thing to do."
There are plenty of schools lining up to get Henderson to serve for them on the next level, but before he gets there he's going to play in the nation's premier All-America football game.
"I just think it's an honor to be invited to the game," he said. "I know it's going to be a fun experience, and I've never been to San Antonio, Texas, and the big dome we are going to be playing in. I just think it's going to a real fun experience for me and my family."
Cretin-Derham Hall coach Mike Scanlan said the selection was definitely fitting for Henderson.
"It's really an honor," Scanlan said. "It's unbelievable. Think of all the people playing football in the United States, and then we have a kid who is not only rated highly by let's say Rivals and other recruiting services. It speaks volumes about Seantrel and his family and the dedication they've shown to get this honor.
"Seantrel's real special. I think every day he demonstrates that. A young man put in the spotlight as he has been, and he handles himself remarkably well - way beyond being a good athlete, he's a good person."
Henderson has been very deliberative in his college selection process and has just begun making his official visits.
"I paid an official visit to Ohio State a couple of week ago," Henderson, who will also visit Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma and Florida and is also interested in Minnesota, said.
"I pretty much take everything in, like all the information at every school that I go to. I'm going to try to have a notebook of everything just, so I can compare all the schools when I'm done."
Henderson will be one of the showcase stars in the in the 10th anniversary of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The game kicks off at noon CST and will be broadcast nationally by NBC.