In what may not come as a big surprise, T Seantrel Henderson, OL Brandon Linder and DT Curtis Porter have elected to return to the University of Miami for their senior seasons.
The trio held a press conference on Monday morning to make the news public. Tuesday is the last day that underclassman are eligible to declare for the NFL Draft.
I thought it was best for me to stay here [Miami], graduate and continue on the journey with my teammates while trying to win. I think it means a lot to the team. It means a lot to everybody. Everybody in this building loves us, and they would love for us to stay as long as we can.”
Neither Henderson, Linder or Porter were expected to go early in the NFL Draft had they declared to enter.
Henderson, who of the three is considered the most NFL ready, originally committed to USC in 2010 only to transfer to Miami following sanctions that were handed down on the Trojans football program by the NCAA. While at Miami, many have claimed that Henderson hasn’t lived up to the hype – at least not yet. He has battled through injuries and at has been suspended by head coach Al Golden at least once.
Golden released the following statement posted by Andrea Adelson of ESPN:
Golden on Henderson:
I’m really proud of Seantrel. He exhibited patience and self-restrain and approached this business decision with transparency and maturity. Instant gratification and leaving would have been easy for Seantrel; Instead, he’s accepted the challenge to become the best person and player he could be.”
Golden on Linder:
We’re blessed to have Brandon returning to our football team. He has clearly grown over the last year and has been a beacon of consistency for our student-athletes during an extraordinarily turbulent time. He’s not only the most experienced Miami Hurricane, having started 29 games in his career possessing 24 consecutive games started streak, but he is a tremendous student and one of our finest leaders.”
Golden on Porter:
We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with Curtis for an entire year. He’s had some unfortunate injuries which have encumbered his development over the last couple of years; however, he really came on strong during the last half of the year for us.”
To read Golden’s complete statement courtesy of ESPN, click here.