Galveston (Texas) Ball defensive tackle Rajon Henley and his teammates were going to head into the playoffs with an 8-2 record, but a set of unfortunate circumstances caused his teams to miss the post-season without losing a game.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Henley, rated as the No. 33 defensive tackle in the country, was extremely excited about Ball's chances for this year's playoffs. However, they found out that an eligibility problem left them out in the cold.
"There was a guy on our team that had lived here for 15 years, but he had to move to Missouri for a semester with his mother," Henley said. "They said he wasn't eligible when he came back. It was something about him not sitting out long enough and that made us lose our playoff spot."
Though Henley is disappointed, he is trying to look at recruiting as a positive turn. He says he still can't help thinking about what could have been in his final football season.
"I'm excited about things like college, but I'm never going to play with these guys again that I've played with all my life," Henley said.
Henley is not naming favorites right now and says he's open. However, the latest offers from Oklahoma and TCU have definitely intrigued him.
"They both have good football programs, but I don't really know much about them," Henley said. "Everybody is still in it right now and the new offers are making things harder to narrow down."
He has taken two official visits with one to Utah on Sept. 9 and one to Texas Tech on Sept. 30. Henley says he enjoyed both trips, but is not sure where else he'll be heading.
"I just know that my decision will probably be at the end of December," he said.