Hentges "Southern Hospitality Is Infectious"

Four-star TE Hale Hentges discusses his visit to Auburn, hanging out with Gus Malzahn, southern hospitality, and more.

Jefferson City, Mo.--A four-star tight end and the number four player at his position in the country, 6-5, 225 Hale Hentges from Helias High School is currently making a southern swing of schools to check out just a few of the programs that have offered him a scholarship. Seeing Alabama on Wednesday and scheduled to be at Florida State on Friday, Hentges was in Auburn late Wednesday and all day Thursday to see Gus Malzahn and the Tigers and left impressed by what he saw and heard.

"It started off great with practice," Hentges said. "We were able to do a lot of stuff they do with their tight ends, just get a real in-depth look. It was good for me because I watched them a whole lot last year and I wasn't entirely sure what their role was on offense. I got to see that a lot today.

"After practice we spent a lot of the day with Coach Malzahn," he added. "That was really special. We got to tour the campus and the dorms and the student rec center, which was amazing. I got to see a lot of the other parts of campus and the student life. It was a really good day."

Spending time with Auburn tight ends Coach Scott Fountain while on his trip, Hentges said this coaching staff is one he really enjoys talking with. That's particularly true of Malzahn, a coach that made an impact because of his attention to detail and personal touch.

"He probably spent the most time out of any head coach on any visit I have ever been to," Hentges said. "That really tells about his character and how much he cares about all his players. He wants to make sure it's a perfect fit for you and he's going to do everything he can to help you figure it out. He did a great job."

A talented receiver for a big tight end, Hentges had 61 catches for 940 yards and 15 touchdowns last season as a junior. Because of that he‘s looking for an offense that will get him the ball and that‘s something he sees at Auburn.

"You want to get the ball," Hentges said. "You want to score. I feel like they give you a lot of opportunities to maximize your talents and figure out ways to get you the ball. Coach Malzahn is such a great offensive coach he's going to get you in the open field."

With more than 30 offers from schools all across the country, Hentges said he plans to make a decision sometime before his senior season. Hoping to narrow things down to a top five sometime later this spring or summer, he said Auburn definitely made an impression and he can't wait to get another look at the Tigers.

"It fares really well," Hentges said. "I really enjoyed my visit down there. I'm looking forward to getting back. My mom didn't get to see it and she's definitely going to want to see it. Maybe this summer or sooner, whenever I feel the need to get back.

"The people are top-notch," he added. "They are great people. The facilities compete with anyone. It's not so much about the facilities, every place has nice facilities, but it's about the people. I really enjoyed the people there. They really care about you. The southern hospitality is infectious."

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