Hale Enjoys Unofficial to Notre Dame

Monroeville, Pa. junior linebacker Shayne Hale took an unofficial visit for the Notre Dame/ Penn State game this weekend. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Hale should be one of Pennsylvania's top prospects for the 2008 recruiting season.

"I thought it was a wonderful game," said Shayne Hale of his visit to Notre Dame this weekend. "It was very loud. I think the fans brought a lot of excitement to the team. That's important because you can't win the big games without the fans."

Hale did get to take in the game on Saturday, but that was about all he was able to see of Notre Dame over the weekend.

"I didn't get there until about 10 or 15 minutes before kick off, and I had to leave pretty much right after the game," Hale said. "I had to get back because we had football practice that I had to be back for. I didn't really get the chance to look around, but I really liked the game.

"I did get to talk to some of the ND coaches. They came over and talked to me a bit when I got on the field, but I really didn't get a chance to talk to them a lot because I had to leave right away."

Hale, who was measured at 6-oot-4, 217 pounds and recently clocked 4.51 at a Scout.com combine, said he was impressed with the Irish on the field on Saturday.

"I was surprised by the outcome," he said. "I know a lot about Penn State but I didn't know that much about Notre Dame. I know that Penn State has a lot of good players on their team. I was surprised that Notre Dame did that."

While Hale does know a lot about Penn State, he grew up cheering for another school in the region.

"I grew up mostly cheering for Pitt," he said when asked which team was his favorite growing up.

The secret is already out about Hale as he already has four offers under his belt with many more likely on the way. Don't expect an early decision at this point from him.

"Right now I have offers from Pitt, Tennessee, Rutgers and North Carolina," Hale said. "I was real surprised so many offers came so early.

"I'm not really thinking about favorites. I'm just focusing on school and making sure I have that taken care of. I have a 2.8 g.p.a."

Did the Irish land on list with a good showing on the field on Saturday?

"I was impressed by what I saw," he said. I'll definitely keep them in mind."

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