Hensley open to all schools

The state of Oklahoma is loaded with top offensive linemen prospects for the Class of 2015 and J.R. Hensley will certainly be among them.

There is no doubt the strength of the Class of 2015 for Oklahoma high school prospects is in the trenches.

The state's top two ranked players in the Scout 300 are both offensive guards in Lawton (Okla.) High's Jalin Barnett and Oklahoma City (Okla.) Casady's Josh Wariboko.

Wariboko is committed to Oklahoma, while Barnett is clearly one of the Sooners' top targets for the class.

But yes, there is another 2015 lineman to keep tabs on in Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe offensive guard J.R. Hensley.

Hensley went just about everywhere this summer, including all over the SEC and Big 12. He was a solid performer at just about every camp but didn't bring home any offers.

"Honestly if I just keep working, I know I'll be fine," Hensley said. "A lot of schools are really interested, and I can't worry about that other stuff."

Hensley isn't new to the recruiting game. He basically traveled the country a couple of years ago with his older brother, Ty, as Ty Hensley was one of the top baseball recruits in the country for the Class of 2012.

Ty Hensley eventually decided to not attend Ole Miss and signed with the New York Yankees, who selected Hensley in the first round of the MLB Draft.

That experience has proved beneficial for J.R. Hensley as he said it has helped him know what to look for and has helped him from becoming too excited.

But there is plenty of reason for him to be excited going forward.

"Coaches have been telling me I do well with my pass protection technique and like how quickly I get off the ball," Hensley said. "I need to work on my footwork."

Hensley's family would love to see the Sooners enter the mix. So far Hensley has had limited contact with the coaching staff. He had already arranged a trip for another camp when OU had its on-campus camp in June.

The lack of attention from OU hasn't deterred Hensley at all, and he said he definitely intends to visit OU this fall.

"I'm going to go to Norman and Stillwater, for sure," Hensley said. "I don't know how many unofficial visits I'm going to make, but I know I'm going to go there."

One school that has stood out to Hensley is Arkansas as he said it was the best camp he attended this summer in terms of what he learned and how positive a trip it was for him.

"It was a last-minute decision so I was surprised at how great it was," Hensley said. "I had real good chemistry with the coaches. It was a lot of fun."

Hensley will be entering his second season as a starter on the line. While last year he wasn't always sure about his assignments, he said he is ready to have a huge junior season. If he does as expected, it won't just be good for Edmond Santa Fe but it will do wonders for Hensley on the recruiting trail.

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