Ty Hensley has been receiving interest from college and professional recruiters ever since he towered over classmates as a 6-foot-3, 200-pound freshman in Edmond, Okla.
In the three years that have passed, attention has only grown to match the right-hander’s 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame.
While the trips with elite travel teams won’t be concluding anytime soon — Hensley still has the Area Code Games and Under Armor All-American game in August and the last phase of the Team USA tryouts the next month — phone calls from recruiters will end on Saturday when Hensley officially announces his college decision.
“It’s getting close. I think I know, but we’ll see,” Hensley said on Monday. “I’m going to have a good conversation with my parents tonight when they get off of work and then we’ll see what happens from there.”
Ole Miss, Arizona State and Arkansas have long been leaders for Hensley, and over the course of the last two months, the Hogs lost a step while Texas, Stanford and LSU popped up.
Monday, Hensley said his list is paired down to three: The Rebels, Sun Devils and Longhorns.
“I think my birthday is going to be the day,” he said.
Hensley doesn’t have any grand gestures planned for his official announcement on his 18th birthday.
He won’t be choosing between three hats on a table or holding a press conference.
Hensley will simply make a few calls.
“I’m not going to flip any hats,” he said. “I’m just going to make a phone call and then make the hard phone calls after that.”
Hensley has always been quick to return texts and calls and has taken the whole recruiting process very seriously.
Despite being one of the top recruits in the country for the 2012 signing class, Hensley maintains that there’s no added pressure.
“It’s not really pressure as much as anxious,” he said. “I’m just kind of anxious to get it done and move on the next part of this whole thing, put this behind me and not have to worry about it anymore. It’s been really fun, this whole recruiting process, but I think it’s about time.”
Hensley believes playing with the Texas Sun Devils this summer opened his eyes as to what his future might be like.
“Probably the most important thing I learned this summer is growing up. I mean, just how to live on your own,” he said. “My parents were with me when I first left, but I haven’t seen them for a whole month. It was a good experience just trying to live on your own a little bit — I learned how to do some laundry and how to eat right on the road. I think this gave me a really good taste of how pro ball will be like.
“It’s a good gut check to see if this is really what you want to do and I’m convinced that’s definitely what I want to do, to eventually play professional baseball.”
Hensley also learned what life could be like if he verbally committed to Ole Miss, the same school as Sun Devil teammates Gavin Cecchini, Stryker Trahan, Cameron Dishon and Sam Smith.
“There’s never a dull moment with that group of guys,” he said. “You have ole Gavin Cecchini always talking. You’ll never be bored around him, that’s for sure.” (July 26, 2011, Page 8)