Monroeville Gateway (in the Pittsburgh area) linebacker Shayne Hale was probably the most watched guy at the combine. And why not? He measured 6-4, 232 pounds, and in his only testing event he ran an excellent 4.65 sec. 40.
However, the one-one-one RB-LB and TE-LB passing drills that took up more of the day are not his his forte. He's not going to be dropping back in coverage much in college. A couple of the guys who beat him razzed him about it and Hale would roar like a lion back at them, all in the spirit of competition. One of those: Devor Torrence (here are photos from our premium message board: Hale and Torrence).
So Hale did not have a great day in the one on ones, but this kid is a great prospect, even a Super-prospect, as a MIKE linebacker, or, if he keeps growing, even possibly as a defensive end.
As far as recruiting goes, Hale spoke to GBW about how things stand now that his cousin Cameron Saddler got a Michigan offer on Friday:
"We were definitely waiting for that, for Cameron to get offered by Michigan."
Hale echoed what Saddle told us, that the two really are a considering a package deal:
"We are definitely looking closely at the schools that have offered both of us."
Hale has so many offers now, however, that as they wait to see who else offers Saddler he is staying open:
"I don't have a top five. And I probably won't narrow things down until after the season when I start scheduling my official visits."
However, he added:
"But Michigan is in a strong position now for an official visit."
Stay tuned for photos/video from the combine.
Hale Happy for Saddler
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