FAYETEVILLE – Fayetteville tight end Josh Hale is one of seven Arkansans to be nominated for the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The announcement came as a bit of a surprise.
"I didn't even know I was picked to be nominated to be in that game," Hale said. "Now hopefully if I have a good season this year I'll get to play in it."
Despite the accolade, the Fayetteville senior-to-be has yet to be offered a scholarship.
"I'll be shocked if he doesn't have some offers going into the season," Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton said after Hale caught four passes for 50 yards in the spring game.
"He's had a great spring. He's 6-4 and about 218 pounds. He's got a size 17 shoe and big hands, and when it's all said and done he'll be a kid that's at about 245 (pounds) – a perfect tight end or H-back at the Division-I level."
An absence of offers didn't stop Hale from naming his top three schools after the spring game.
"I like LSU, Kansas State and Ole Miss," he said.
"The spring went well. I learned to use my hands a lot better this year and caught almost everything thrown to me."
Patton said several schools are interested.
"We've had probably 15 or 20 schools come in," Patton said. "Ole Miss and LSU; both of those guys are beating down the door sending letters and talking to me quite a bit about him. Tennessee – Coach (Ed)Orgeron came in and looked at him as well."
Despite being omitted from Hale's current top three, Patton said he and Arkansas are still showing mutual interest.
"They want to see him in camp," Patton said. "They want to line him up with his hand on the ground, see how physical he is and if he can block. He's a good kid and I have no doubt he can prove to them that he can do it."
Josh isn't the only Hale in Fayetteville's offense projected to play at the next level. His younger brother Dylan (5-10, 190) is coming off an impressive scrimmage in which he totaled 82 offensive yards and two touchdowns on nine touches.
"I think he's going to have a chance to show what he can do at some camps," Patton said of the back with 4.5 speed. "He's going start getting some offers."
Hale was one-upped in the scrimmage by senior back/receiver Michael Heintzman who caught eight passes for 142 yards and a 70-yard touchdown, and also ran for a score.
"He's really getting looked at by Ole Miss," Patton said of Heintzman, who has also shown interest in Arkansas. "There's a connection there of course, but Ole Miss is very excited about him."
Even the coach's son, senior kicker Drew Patton, is drawing interest from scouts.
"Drew is getting looked at by several schools with his leg," his dad said. "He kicked a 50-yarder tonight, so he has 50-plus distance in his kicks."
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