Hawks in It with Hentges

Iowa jumped in early with its recruitment of Hale Hentges. The four-star tight end has built a strong relationship with the Hawkeye staff and it's keeping the school in the mix for his services with some of the biggest names in college football.

It's been more than a year since Iowa offered Hale Hentges a scholarship. The four-star tight end remembers the gesture.

The Hawkeyes jumped in early with their opportunity for the Jefferson City (MO) Helias Catholic standout. Hentges was a sophomore. He's since attracted offers from Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Texas, among others.

While some recruits discard lesser known schools when the big names jump into their recruitment, Hentges says Iowa still is solidly in the picture for his services.

"I have a good relationship with them and they've been there since the beginning," the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder said.

Scout.com ranks Hentges as the No. 5 tight end nationally in the Class of 2015. He's considered a four-star recruit on the service's five-star scale.

Writes Scout's Midlands Analyst Greg Powers: A fantastic two-way talent from the 'Show Me State'. He could be a valuable addition as a tight end or as a defensive end. On defense, he is quick off the ball and long. He uses his speed to get in the backfield and make plays and his height to leap in to the air to bat down balls. On offense, he uses his size as an advantage of defenders and shows good hand-eye coordination and body control.

Hentges has visited Iowa on multiple occasions. He's developed a strong connection to the coaching staff and his father first met Iowa Head Coach Kirk Ferentz in the '80s, as you can read here.

"They're recruiting me really hard," Hentges said. "I get letters every day, almost."

Hentges said it's unlikely that he will visit Iowa again, however.

"I've seen what I need to see," he said.

While Hentges is positioned to wait until signing day to choose a school, it doesn't appear he'll hold out nearly that long.

"I want to narrow my list at the end of school and make a decision in the summer," he said. "I'm still wide open, though."

With so many great options presented to Hentges, it's going to be a tough decision, he said.

"Part of it will be a gut feel as well as the people at the school and how they use their tight ends," he said.

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