Hale, a 6-foot-4 220-pound linebacker from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway, says he exchanges text messages with other coaching staffs. Additionally, he has already begun to field phone calls, which is permitted for schools that have started their May Evaluation Period.
However, Hale does receive plenty of mail from North Carolina.
"They are up there as one of the schools sending me the most mail," said Hale. "I get the team's stats and how they did last year, coming up there for a visit, and what they're trying to do with their football program."
Hale revealed that a trip to Chapel Hill would likely occur over the summer. He also hopes to stop by Florida during his travels.
Hale has already visited Ohio State and Pittsburgh for their respective spring practices.
"Those both were good experience," said Hale. "I liked everything. I talked to the coaches and just watched the practices."
Hale's scholarship count has reached 33 offers, including UNC, with Florida, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Ohio State also highlighting the listing.
With so many options, Hale has decided to wait until after his senior football season to narrow down his list of schools to a more manageable amount.
"I still don't have any favorites," said Hale. "I'm pretty open right now. I'm basically concentrating on my schoolwork and trying to get bigger and stronger and faster for this coming season."
Hale, who plans on taking all five of his allotted official visits, could make his final decision as late as National Signing Day.
Recently Scout.com's National Hot 100 debuted with Hale ranked as the No. 15 prospect. A Scout.com five-star recruit, Hale is also the third ranked prospect in the East Region.
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.