Hentges Breaks School Record

Alabama commit Hale Hentges broke his high school's record for career receptions on Saturday night, as Helias Catholic cruised to a convincing victory. He discussed parts of his game he's improved upon most and when he will take his official visit to Tuscaloosa.

Four-star tight end Hale Hentges lived up to the hype on Saturday Night in a dominant performance against Hannibal that spearheaded a 52-14 victory for his squad. Hentges piled up several catches, including a 66 yard completion that was diminished to 51 yards after being called back due to a holding penalty.

The speed and size combination for Hentges is what makes him the highly sought-after recruit he was, and he's added an even increased quickness to his repertoire this season making him virtually unstoppable against high school programs in Missouri.

The future Alabama tight end spoke about how his game has changed over the past several months.

"My speed is so much better," Hentges said. "I felt too slow last year and that was an area I definitely worked hard on to improve. I have a lower blocking level so I've been more effective in that area as well. There's still a lot of stuff to work on, and I'm not a perfect player. I want to keep my conditioning level up so I can play every snap, and my route-running can always be crisper. I run the forty yard dash in the 4.7's right now and I'd like to creep into the 4.6's."

After hauling in his third completion of the night, it was announced at the stadium that Hale Hentges was now the new school record-holder for most career receptions. It was a record previously held by his uncle, Mike Hentges.

It was a moment that he was very proud of.

"It feels really good, especially because it was my uncle's record that I broke," Hentges noted. "He wanted me to break it very badly. I want to say thanks to him for always supporting me and believing in me. It feels great to have my name up there with some of the best."

The Crimson Tide are getting quite the talent in Hentges, and he spoke about how the Alabama offense still remains the biggest factor in his decision to choose to move to Tuscaloosa for college.

"The biggest draw was a chance to play in a pro-style offense that features two tight ends that they use regularly, and have shown a history of doing so," he explained. "They had a great day on Saturday. I'm really excited to see how they do this year. I think their tight ends are going to have monster seasons and catch a lot of passes and that they will dominate in the running game."

Hentges was a prized recruit according to many programs before giving his verbal pledge to Alabama. The pursuit for his services by other schools has ended for the most part.

"Schools haven't really come at me since my choice," he pointed out. "It might be coming in with September 1 coming soon. As of right now they've really respected my decision and I thank all of them for respecting my decision. I'm where I want to be."

The Jefferson City product plans to take his official visit to Alabama in late January with some of the other Crimson Tide pledges.

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