Decision Time Nears

Ty Hensley

Decision time is arriving for Ty Hensley, but his choices remain the same. The talented right-handed pitcher from Edmond, Okla., will decide among Ole Miss, Arizona State, and Texas by Aug. 14, his self-imposed deadline.

"I wouldn't say there is any certain order," said Hensley, rated 33rd overall nationally in the Class of 2012 by baseball scouting service Perfect Game.

"Ole Miss and Arizona State have been recruiting me for quite a while. I feel like both of those programs genuinely care about me. It's good tradition at Texas, and Roger Clemons was my favorite player when I was younger and he went there. I took a visit (to Texas) my sophomore year, and we'd been out of touch until right before this summer."

As for Ole Miss, which he visited for the South Carolina weekend this spring, Hensley says there are a lot of positives.

"Coach (Carl) Lafferty came and watched me throw and hit in a game early this spring. He liked what he saw and had me come down and visit," said the rising senior at Santa Fe High School in Edmond. "They offered me while I was there. I got to check it out. Ole Miss and its fans care a lot about baseball. That's pretty cool to me. The people in Oxford are really genuine and really nice. They mean what they say. Good people, and Ole Miss is a great school. The girls aren't too bad looking there either."

Hensley likes Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco, and he's impressed with the job new assistant coach Cliff Godwin has done already.


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"When I visited there we had a really good talk for 30 to 40 minutes," Hensley said of Bianco. "He's called me before. We've talked and he's a really good guy.

"And Coach Godwin just coming in there, he just picked up on the recruiting as soon as he got there. Within a couple of days when he got there, he called me and asked me how my hitting was going. He's watched me multiple times (at tournaments this summer). We've stayed in touch, and he's a really good guy at what he does."

In August he will play in two prestigious events, the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., and the UnderArmour Games at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

"It's been a great summer. I've felt good in all my outings pitching for the most part. I swung the bat well. I haven't caught all summer but I have played first base quite a bit. But pitching is what I'm being recruited for."

Two seasons ago as a sophomore he went 10-0 for Santa Fe and had a sub-2.00 ERA with 102 strikeouts.

He's been named UnderArmour All-American and first-team All-American by ESPN. He was also named Perfect Game Underclass All-American.

"My junior year went good, especially from the offensive side. Pitching-wise there were a couple of games I could have done better. I made some strides this summer and became more of a pitcher than a thrower, not only just throwing hard. That's really helped me come along and mature."

Hensley throws a fast ball 92-94 and has topped out at 95. His curve ball is 77-80, and his changeup is 80-82.

Hensley's recruitment has been somewhat intense, but he's enjoyed it.

"I've had a good time with it, the whole recruiting process," he said. "But I'm excited to get it over with. I think it's time, and I'm ready to move on to the next step."

Hensley could get picked highly in the 2012 June draft. As for what that might bring, he's in a wait and see mode. First things first, and that's choosing a college.

"I look forward to (the draft). You go to bed and dream about it, I guess," said Hensley, whose father, Mike, was drafted out of the University of Oklahoma by the Cardinals and was later a college coach at Oral Roberts and Kansas State. "My dad said that stuff will take care of itself. You can't go out there worrying about the draft. It's not even close yet. I just concentrate on playing baseball, and that will take care of itself."

One aspect of his summer has played out perhaps in Ole Miss' favor. Hensley played with the Southeast Texas Sun Devils. On that team were future Rebels Sam Smith, Stryker Trahan, Gavin Cechinni, and Cameron Dishon.

"They're (Ole Miss') best secondary recruiters," Hensley laughed and said.

Stay tuned until Aug. 14.

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