OT McHale Readying for Visits

James McHale

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Dunmore (Pa.) High 6-foot-7 offensive tackle James McHale, a class of 2014 prospect, has the attention of the elite programs in the region and he spoke about it with FOXSportsNEXT.

A junior season in which Dunmore (Pa.) High reached the PIAA Class A title game raised the visibility of offensive tackle James McHale, and now he is planning his offseason.

He already visited Rutgers, where he watched practice, met with academic advisors and the coaching staff and toured the facilities, and he is planning a February visit to Pittsburgh for junior day.

In addition, the 6-foot-7, 290-pound McHale said will try to make a return trip to Penn State, a school he knows well already.

"I get letters from them all the time in the mail," McHale said. "I went down to almost every home game. I grew up watching them. My dad is a Penn State fan, so they're always on t.v. "I like it down there. It's a great school, great academics and its close."

McHale is still waiting for his first offer, and one of the programs showing him strong interest is Rutgers.

He was at High Point Solutions Stadium for Rutgers' home opener against Howard in September, and he returned to campus Saturday, a day after losing to Clairton in the state title game, to get an in-depth look at the program.

"I know they're a fantastic football team with being ranked most of the season," McHale said. "The coaches are great. The intensity of practice really stood out to me, and the way they ran things so efficiently."

McHale knows he will visit plenty of schools in the winter and spring, but the only one of his schedule is Pittsburgh. He doesn't know much about the Panthers, but he is getting plenty of input from G.A.R. Memorial (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) defensive end Shakir Soto, who is committed to Pittsburgh.

"From what he tells me, he loves it out there," McHale said. "I'm going to take his advice and go out there in February."

Between visits and combines, McHale will work on his game. He is long and moves well for a player his size, but he will work on building a stronger base and getting stronger.

The 20-0 loss to Clairton in the championship game was eye-opening for McHale.

"They're speed is miraculous," McHale said. "(Four-star) athlete Tyler Boyd is a fantastic player. The whole team is so fast and we had trouble staying on him. They're speed killed us. They're a really good team."

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