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Super 30: Edmond Santa Fe's J.R. Hensley has big personality, big talent

Wolves’ offensive lineman holds one scholarship offer, with more likely on the way.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: July 1, 2014 at 4:27 pm •  Published: July 1, 2014

— At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, J.R. Hensley is often the center of attention.

Most of that is based around his personality, which easily matches his frame.

“It makes me sad when everybody comes out with a poor attitude,” said Hensley, an offensive lineman at Edmond Santa Fe. “Everyone tries really, really hard to succeed. If anyone knows that, it’s me.

“If you take everything so seriously, you’re not going to have any fun. I don’t want to go to college and play this sport and not expect to have a good time. I know when it comes down to the wire, it’s serious. I’m not going to waste my time with negativity.”

Throughout his high school career, Hensley has matured to become the Wolves’ leader. He’s also become one of the state’s top linemen, as he is ranked No. 26 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings.

He holds just one scholarship offer from Missouri State, with more likely on the way, and likely from bigger schools.

“J.R.’s got the measurables,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “I think that he’s done himself a lot of good with these camps over the summer. I think all of them are looking for one thing or another they want to see, and I think that once he gets a game or two under his belt, he’s going to get a lot of offers, if not before that.”

Hensley, the younger brother New York Yankees prospect Ty Hensley and son of former Kansas State pitching coach Mike Hensley, understands the recruiting game. Going on visits with Ty a few years ago was beneficial.

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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