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Not only did Kiffin lock up the top prospects who had given nonbinding verbal commitments to Carroll, but he strengthened the class by luring a few others that seemed headed elsewhere. Most notably, Seantrel Henderson, a 330-pound offensive lineman from Saint Paul, Minn., picked USC over Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida on Wednesday.
"Despite the coaching, I always liked USC, period," Henderson said. "It's a great school and great education."
"As far as football goes, Lane Kiffin recruited me when he was still at Tennessee."
Henderson, however, did not make his decision official Wednesday. He was not included on USC's official list of players who had submitted signed letters of intent with the school. Henderson's father told The New York Times late Wednesday that his son would wait until after USC goes before the NCAA infractions committee later this month to sign his letter of intent.
One particular USC signee will no doubt have Volunteers fans cussin' Kiffin -- again.
Wide receiver Markeith Ambles from Georgia had committed to the Vols, but pulled back on that commitment after Kiffin bolted and ultimately signed with the Trojans.
Kiffin's departure sent Tennessee fans into a frenzy and caused a few Volunteers recruits to reconsider their verbal commitments.
But much like Kiffin at USC, new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley made a late save. The Volunteers ended up with a top-15 ranking from all the notable recruiting services.
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