Irish Look To Texas For Speed

As Notre Dame continues to build their 2008 recruiting class, the Irish staff will try to find more top prospects to extend scholarship offer to. Athlete DeSean Hales from Klein Oak High School (Spring, Texas) is an athlete the Irish have been keeping an eye on.

Desean Hales could fill several spots on a college roster, but he certainly has the speed to open defenses. Hales' best 40 time is 4.33 and he has run a 10.5 100-meters.

"I've gotten a lot of mail from Notre Dame, but nothing besides that," Hales responded when asked about his contact with the Irish. "I haven't seen them yet. I know they're a good school academically, but my decision will also depend on how a school fits my personality and if I would I fit in with everyone else at the school. I'd also consider what my benefits would be as a player if I went there.

Hales is being recruited at both running back and at receiver. Last season he carried the ball 178 times for 1,249 yards and 16 touchdowns. At receiver, he caught 38 passes for 638 yards. Hales is being pursued by a number of top programs. The Irish haven't offered, but they will need to shortly if they want to have a chance to land the speedster.

"A lot of schools are saying receiver, but Kansas State said that they'd like me to play a little running back," Hales explained. "At the college level I see myself as a receiver, because I'm not as big as these other running backs."

"Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and LSU, those are the main five schools that I'm looking at right now…all but LSU have offered. The thing is, if someone sends me an offer, I'm going to be interested in them. So if Notre Dame offers I'll have some interest.

"I don't know as much about Notre Dame as much as I do the other schools, because I haven't received as much attention as I have from these other schools," Hales said. "I've had ideas in terms of what I've wanted to do with recruiting and I'm pretty much sticking with my gameplan. I'm still planning on making my decision by the end of summer. If Notre Dame did offer, I'm not sure if I'd be able to make a trip there. I do plan on going to a lot of camps this summer, so it's definitely a possibility." Top Stories