2008 Intro: Pa. LB Shayne Hale

The linebacker position will be one of the most heavily recruited position groups for the class of 2008. One of the top prospects (if not THE top prospect) on Michigan's recruiting board will certainly be Monroeville, Pennsylvania stud Shayne Hale. GoBlueWolverine contacted Hale for you.

At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds and running the 40 yard dash in the low 4.5 second range, Shayne Hale possesses all of the tools to make a huge impact in college. Hale is a pure middle linebacker, leading a storming Gateway high school defense and intent on "cracking some heads."

Shayne bases his game off of pro-bowler and Baltimore Raven linebacker Ray Lewis. Not surprisingly, Hale is often compared to Lewis in his style of play. He told GBW, "I'm very athletic and I give 110% effort. I'm really good with my assignments as well. I love to hit. I try to just punish the ball carrier. I'd like to improve my leg strength though to drive more after the initial contact."

Hale's description will surely make most defensive coaches salivate. During his junior campaign, Hale recorded 105 tackles (68 solo), 4 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 14 tackles for a loss, and 5-6 sacks.

Hale is very focused on his senior season, with recruiting on the backburner. "I don't plan on deciding anything until after my season. Right now I'm just focusing on my school work and getting ready for next season."

Shayne's leadership qualities were evidenced when asked what his goals are for his senior year, "I want our team to stay as one and to play hard and go after it hard on every play. I don't want anyone to slack off. Personally, I just want to improve in every category. I want to go all out and just rip people's heads off." Yikes!

Hale's tenacity and nasty on-field attitude has netted him 13 offers, including one from Michigan. Shayne has some familiarity already with Michigan, having attended a few of Michigan's Rose Bowl practices. "I felt really welcomed there and comfortable by both the players and the coaches. I really enjoyed it."

Although, none of his future plans are definite, Hale said that he would "maybe visit Notre Dame's junior day" and that he is planning on attending Michigan's junior day, but he still has to check on it.

Establishing comfort with both the players and coaches at Michigan will certainly help their cause at landing Hale. "Feeling comfortable in general is a major factor that I'll be looking at. I want to be comfortable with the coaches and just to feel like it's the place that I want to be. Academics and environment are important. I want to have place that's not to loud, but where there's also something to do so that I'll be able to have fun there."

GBW asked Shayne: do you have a group of 3 or 5 schools that you are very interested in right now or that stand out among the rest? "No…Not really… Michigan is definitely one of my top picks and Michigan will be there [in the final group] at the end."

Hale also reports a 3.0 gpa.

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