Hale, a 6-foot-4 220-pound linebacker from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, was named to Scout.com's Hot 100 junior watch list and has received plenty of scholarship offers since UNC came through.
"I just got an offer from Notre Dame," said Hale. "I'm up to 16 [offers], I think."
Michigan, Ohio State, Kentucky, Tennessee, Rutgers, Temple, Pitt, Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, and West Virginia have also tendered Hale.
Hale acknowledges that North Carolina's lack of communication is a result of their coaching staff transition.
While he's not prepared to name favorites, the Tar Heels do interest Hale.
"Everything's still open, but I'm definitely interested in North Carolina," said Hale. "I do have family that lives there. The weather's better than it is out here. I'm not sure what I like about them, I'm just interested.
"I was trying to get out there to visit [UNC], but we haven't talked to them so I'm not sure when I can get out there to visit. But I definitely like the Tar Heels."
In addition to UNC, Hale is trying to schedule an unofficial visit to Virginia this spring. However, he isn't sure if he'll attend any college camps over the summer.
Besides the two aforementioned schools, Hale is also interested in Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and "a couple other top schools."
Hale said he won't rush his college declaration and doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment until after his senior season – at the earliest.
"Academics come first," said Hale. "[I'll be looking at] the vibe I have with the coaches and that's where I fit at – good place, nice campus."
Hale finished his junior season with 105 tackles including 58 solo and 13 for loss. He also recorded five sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He earned first team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State honors and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" team.