Star LB Updates Recruitment

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6-3, 220-pound linebacker Shayne Hale , one of the top defensive recruits in the country, has received close to 40 Division 1A scholarship offers. All of those options are a lot to consider, but the Gateway (Monroeville, PA) junior is not focused too much on recruiting right now.

“I’m really trying to pay attention to school right now,” said Hale, who racked up 105 tackles including 13 tackles for loss and five sacks last season as a junior. “I’m trying to finish out the year strong. I’ll try to do a little bit with recruiting when I can.”

Recruiting fans can expect Hale’s decision-making process to kick into high gear once his senior season comes to an end.

“That’s definitely when I plan on focusing on the recruiting process,” Hale said. “I probably will narrow some stuff down during the season, but I won’t pay too much attention to recruiting until after the season.”

Virginia Tech was one of the most recent offers for Hale, who has offers from all across the country.

“They offered me and a coach came up to my school recently,” Hale said of Virginia Tech. “I figure Virginia and Virginia Tech are a couple of nice school, so I should check out both.”

Hale has already checked out Virginia, and he says that the ‘Hoos continue to be in the running.

“Virginia is definitely still in it with all the other schools,” said Hale, who also visited Maryland and Ohio State earlier this year. “I definitely enjoyed every bit of my visit there. I had fun when I was out there. I hung out with some of the players and everything.”

Though Hale isn’t focused intensely on the recruiting front, he did list some schools that have caught his attention.

“Definitely my big schools, schools like Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Rutgers… some of those schools,” Hale replied when asked if any schools had really caught his attention at this point in the process.

Hale will likely make some unofficial visits this summer, though nothing is set right now.

Leadership role…

Hale has been trying to set a positive example for some of his younger teammates with his experience in the recruiting process.

“I’m helping all of my guys out,” Hale said. “I’m letting them know to not let this stuff get to you. Just concentrate on your year. I