Hensley's Choice

Ty Hensley had his mind made up for a while. But he didn't really let anybody know his decision. You see, the right-handed pitcher has been a busy man.

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Wrapping up his summer schedule was an appearance in the Area Code Games in California for the second straight year, and then a trip to Chicago to play in the UnderArmour All-America Game at Wrigley Field. He just got back to his Edmond, Okla., home Sunday night.

Earlier on Sunday as he traveled home, Hensley tweeted to the world "It's official. I'm an Ole Miss Rebel!!!!!"

In a sense that's correct. Certainly his commitment is as solid as a rock, and he will sign with the Rebels in November. But there's that 2012 draft next June that will keep cropping up when Hensley's name is mentioned. He knows that's coming, too.

"I believe I'll have another decision to make then if everything goes well and I stay healthy, Lord willing," said the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder rated 33rd overall nationally in the Class of 2012 by baseball scouting service Perfect Game. "We'll see what happens. But right now I'm a Rebel, and I'm coming to Ole Miss."

Ty Hensley

Hensley said calling the schools he didn't choose – Texas and Arizona State – wasn't pleasant for him.

"It was tough making those phone calls after I committed (to Ole Miss)," he said. "It wasn't easy, but one thing that made it easier was I felt like I chose the right place and I did what was best for me. That's what this decision was all about."

But he's known for a while where he would ultimately go to college.

"I feel like I've known I wanted to go to Ole Miss for about three weeks now," Hensley said. "I talked to my parents, and I told them straight up it was where I wanted to go. I feel the most comfortable at Ole Miss. It feels like home away from home. I believe in the coaching staff and everything they do. I really feel like they can develop me the best as a hitter and a pitcher."

Hensley said his summer was as memorable as it could possibly be.

"I wouldn't trade this summer for anything," he said, joined on his summer team – the Southeast Texas Sun Devils - by other Ole Miss commitments Gavin Cecchini, Stryker Trahan, and Cameron Dishon. "I had such a great time playing with Gavin, Stryker, and Cameron. Just getting to meet a whole great group of guys. I'm going to remember these people for the rest of my life."

His last couple of weeks have been even more special.

"The Area Code Games, it was my second year going out there. I felt a lot more comfortable this year. UnderArmour was probably one of the coolest experiences I've ever had, playing in Wrigley Field, getting to meet Cal Ripken, Billy Ripken, Larry Bowa, Ernie Banks. So many greats have stepped foot on that field, in the locker room, and everything."

Hensley pitched in two games in relief at the Area Code Games. At UnderArmour he started the game. He was one of four pitchers selected as an ESPN Rise First-Team All-American this summer.

Hensley's UnderArmour All-America profile read like this:

"Ty is an impressive physical specimen with a wealth of tools. He has the most draft value as a RHP though he also has one of the bigger power bats in the class. On the mound he flashes a FB that reaches 94mph and also mixes in a hard overhand hammer. As a hitter, he has easy power from both sides of the plate. Father (Mike) is a former college pitching coach."

Hensley's fast ball actually topped out this summer at 96 miles per hour.

"Fast ball's my bread and butter, but my out pitch is my curve ball, definitely," he said.

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