Recruiting: Rajon Henley Picks Cowboys

Galveston (Texas) Ball defensive tackle Rajon Henley spent part of Tuesday night taking part in a tutoring program that he participates in two nights a week. But Henley didn't make it to the tutoring program until making a decision to commit to Oklahoma State after hosting Cowboy associate head coach Joe DeForest.

"I just feel like it was the right school for me," said the 6-4, 250-pound defensive tackle. "I fit in really good up there. They told me that I would have a chance to play right away and they guaranteed me a degree."

Trips to Oklahoma will also allow his mother to check in on both of her sons. Rajon's older brother won't be far from Stillwater.

"My brother is at Bacone College," Henley said of the school near Muskogee. "His name is George Henley and he plays running back for Bacone."

Henley talked about his regular tutoring session in which he tutors elementary students. "It was something we signed up for and then they pick students (at Ball High School) to tutor the kids," said Henley. "I'm glad I was selected because it is fun and it's great working with the little kids. They enjoy me and I enjoy them a lot."

Regarding that degree, Henley said he might get it in child develpoment or education so he could continue working with kids. Right now he's just happy he's made a decision and knows where he is heading for his college and football future.

Liz Kennedy, Henley's mother, couldn't hide her enthusiasm when we spoke with her earlier in the evening as she was on her way home from choir practice at her church where she shared the news with her friends.

"I am so excited," continued Mrs. Kennedy. "We had a real nice visit tonight with Coach (Joe) DeForest and had dinner. It was a difficult choice because Rajon liked other schools and knew he could choose just one. I'm going to trust that coach (Mike) Gundy, coach DeForest and coach (Vance) Bedford will take care of my son. I know they will."

Henley is Mrs. Kennedy's second son to have played football, but she said this was so much different. There were so many more schools that recruited Rajon. The reason is Henley is so athletic for being 6-4, 250 pounds. He was a major playmaker for Galveston Ball and as a result had offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Mississippi and Utah. He had previosuly visited Utah and Texas Tech before he and his mother visited Oklahoma State on Dec. 2.

"I was so excited while I was there," said Mrs. Kennedy. "I was looking at everything. It was a really nice visit and the people were so nice there. I had such a good time that I've been bragging about it ever since I got back. This is a wonderful blessing that they offered him a scholarship. I am thankful for all the offers. It is so overwelming and I am so grateful."

Mrs. Kennedy said she is very proud of Rajon and is confident that he will make the most of his opportunity. Oklahoma State coaches have to be elated because Henley gives them another defensive tackle, another Texas Top 100 player.

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