Confirmation Weekend

Ty Hensley traveled back to his Oklahoma home Sunday, reflecting on his weekend at Ole Miss. And he summed it up succinctly.

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"My weekend was phenomenal. I had a blast," said the right-handed pitcher/infielder who is set to sign with the Rebels in November.

Hensley, of Edmond, Okla., committed to Ole Miss in August, choosing the Rebels over Texas and Arizona State. Another visit to the campus this past weekend only solidified what he already felt about the place.

"Going there and knowing I'm committed there, it opened my eyes even more and made me see just how special Ole Miss is and how valuable college is," he said. "Of course I really love the coaches. I got to know some of the players, actually pretty much all the players. They're great guys. My host, Bobby Wahl, is an awesome dude. He did a great job showing me around everywhere."

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Hensley wasn't alone on his visit. In addition to his family, several members of his new recruiting class family also were here this weekend.

Gavin Cecchini, Zach Irwin, Jacob Waguespack, and Chase Nyman also visited for the Alabama football weekend and the Ernie Labarge Bullpen Club Red-Blue Fall Classic.

"They're all really great guys," Hensley said. "Us five guys were together the whole weekend."

Hensley said he already senses a bond among the group.

"The fact that we're all going to the same place, and we've been able to get to know each other, it makes everything easier," he said. "We're all looking forward to being there together."

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Hensley attended both the Friday and Saturday scrimmages. He liked watching the team Ole Miss has put together for this season.

"I was impressed with the effort that was given," he said. "It wasn't like (they were) hosting an SEC series. Even though it was just a scrimmage, they all got after it. You could tell they all play with passion and emotion. It was pretty cool to watch. I think that's what's different about Ole Miss than any other program."

Hensley was impressed with Ole Miss fans and found them to have passion and energy in support of the program.

"People around town were really great, especially in the Grove and stuff," he said. "A lot of them came up and introduced themselves. The fans are great."

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

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

This summer, Hensley was rated 33rd overall nationally in the Class of 2012 by Perfect Game. He's listed at No. 52 on the list of all draftable players for next June's draft.

Hensley has some goals for his senior year at Santa Fe High School before worrying about the draft and also focusing on Ole Miss.

"I'd say finish off my high school career with good grades, first and foremost. Then definitely continue to get my body in good shape. As far as the season goes, I want to improve my pitching, constantly repeating myself over and over again.

"Hitting-wise I'd like to be more consistent from both sides," he said.

Normally a right-handed hitter, Hensley is a switch-hitter and says he thinks he's better from the left side now.

"I'm actually more comfortable hitting from the left side than I am the right," he said. "It's just a feel thing, I guess."

Hensley has some accomplishments he wants to achieve before heading to college.

"As far as goals, I really want to win a state championship. That's my No. 1 goal right now."

One goal for this past weekend was to solidify his feelings concerning Ole Miss. Mission accomplished.

"There's honestly not one thing I don't like about Ole Miss," Hensley said.

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