Hale Down to Two?

To say the recruitment of Shayne Hale got a lot more interesting over the past 72 hours would be a grave understatement and it could get even more dramatic real soon. Hale took an official visit to Ohio State and has planned another. He has also figured out who his final two schools are.

Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway five-star defensive end/middle linebacker Shayne Hale had planned on visiting Ohio State Friday and part of the day on Saturday. He was then going to visit Pittsburgh on Saturday night and part of the day on Sunday. Things didn't quite go as expected.

"I got to Ohio State at about 5:00 p.m. and then I left at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday," Hale said. "I was going to go to Pitt, but I got stuck behind a wreck and wouldn't have gotten there until late, so we scheduled an official for there next weekend."

Hale's late arrival to Columbus on Friday cause him to miss some of the festivities since the Buckeyes had practice early on Saturday morning.

"My host was Boom Herron," He said. "We went out to Wendy's and got something to eat and just hung out in the dorm. We just talked and watched television.".

On Saturday, the Buckeyes were practicing for their upcoming National Championship appearance against LSU.

"The practice seemed to go pretty fast," Hale stated. "Guys were flying around everywhere and there was a lot of hitting going on. I also got the chance to speak to Luke Fickell and he said I could play in the middle or the outside if I would go there."

Prior to his departure from Columbus Hale had the chance to speak with Jim Tressel.

"He said if I pick them it's my decision, but they'd love to have me," Hale said. "I still like them the same as I did before the trip, it's a great school."

After not mentioning Pittsburgh since very early in his recruitment it seems as though Hale has taken a renewed interest in the Panthers since his best friend Cameron Saddler committed there.

"I always wanted to keep a very short list, because I didn't want to be pressured or have to answer a bunch of questions," Hale said. "Me and Cam have always talked about Pitt. We always thought what if we got there and get the best guys in Western Pennsylvania to go there with us and we could put them back on the map.

"Ohio State and Pittsburgh are my two favorites and I'm thinking about announcing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl," Hale explained. "But I might do it sooner."

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