Ramon Henderson’s personal recollection of living in Oklahoma isn’t there, but his strong personal connection to the Sooner state is evident.
After his grandmother moved from Tulsa, Henderson’s mother, Tia Brown, relocated the family to Bakersfield soon after, before Ramon's first birthday.
But that connection to the state for the Liberty junior was easy for him to root for the Oklahoma Sooners football team growing up.
The family would go back and visit, allowing Henderson to make memories.
Now, the biggest one to date comes in an offer from the Sooners on Wednesday.
Getting a scholarship offer to play for one of the top football programs in the country would be huge for any player, but the connection for Henderson and his family makes this even bigger.
“That’s been my dream school for me for a long time,” Henderson said.
The speedy wide receiver led Liberty with 32 catches for 580 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018. Also returned 22 kickoffs for 638 yards (a 29 yard per return average) while returning one back for a touchdown.
“He is a 3-way player. A lot of (college coaches) like him as a return specialist,” Liberty coach Bryan Nixon said. “They also like that he is long and tall and can go up and get the ball and the same going against wide receivers (at as defensive back).”
In his first year on the defensive side of the ball, Henderson had 34 tackles at cornerback, along with an interception and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
Henderson has received eight offers, including two on Wednesday by Oklahoma and Cal.
Tennessee, Utah, Oregon State, Fresno State and San Jose State have all offered him a scholarship to play football.
Even with Oklahoma being his ‘dream school,’ Henderson is going to play it cool, for now.
“I plan on playing it smart and doing what is right for me,” Henderson said. “I don’t want to make a rush decision. I want to take everything into perspective before I chose a school.”
That mindset is why Nixon believes Henderson will make a calculated, and correct decision, on his future.
“He knows what he wants. He wants a college education,” Nixon said. “His mother has instilled in him that is the most important thing. And he knows football is a way where he can get that education paid for and see where he can go with that.”
College coaches have also taken notice of Henderson’s speed on the track. With a lifetime-best time of a wind-legal 10.83 seconds in the 100 meters, that has been a topic of conversation with every coach recruiting him, Henderson said.
“I think track, to me, it helps a lot,” Henderson said. “Every coach that talks to me, they always ask what my sprint times are. It seems like a big thing to college coaches.”
Along with Bakersfield Christian’s Ben Yurosek and Bakersfield’s Isaac Jernagin, there are three Bakersfield rising seniors that all have plenty of major FBS program offers.
Yurosek has 10 offers, including Stanford, Washington, UCLA, Cal and Notre Dame to choose from. Colleges are recruiting Yurosek at tight end and defensive end.
Jernagin, a speedy wide receiver and defensive back, has been offered by Oregon, Utah and USC to lead a list of 12 colleges that have offered before his senior season.