By: Bob Redd
Editor: J.T. Powell
It was not long ago that Jackson Hensley preferred a baseball career over football. Fast forward to today and the junior at Pikeville (Ky.) High School is interested in playing football at the collegiate level.
“I have no offers right now but I’ve been to Marshall, Kentucky and Louisville,” Hensley said. “I’m a little bit behind in the recruiting process just because I always thought I wanted to play college baseball and so after this football season I thought I wanted to pursue football. So I’m just getting started with my process.”
This past season Hensley, 6’2, 195 pounds, helped the Panthers to the state championship game where they lost a heart-breaker, 21-20. In that game he had four receptions for 154 yards, and two touchdowns. By the way, on defense, where he played free safety, he had seven tackles. But it’s on the offensive side of the ball where he hopes to play at the college level.
Due to his slow start and desire to play college football, he is just getting a start on camps and just has one lined up at the current time.
“I plan to come to the Appalachia Prep Combine at The Greenbrier in April,” Hensley said.
Headed into his senior season Hensley has one goal in mind.
“I hope that we can finally win a state championship. We’ve been working on that for years on end. That’s my main goal right now,” he said.
Hensley is a 4.0 student and takes all AP classes at Pikeville High where there are no weighted GPAs.
He still plays for the Panthers and is the starting centerfielder.
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