Hale Keeps Working On His Game

Notre Dame is quickly running out of available scholarships for their 2008 recruiting class, but there are a few prospects that the Irish coaching staff will find a spot for if the recruit decides Notre Dame is the best place for him. Linebacker Shayne Hale of Gateway High School (Monroeville, Pa.) is one of those recruits and he's just starting to narrow down his list of college options.

Shayne Hale (6-foot-4, 240 pounds) is big, quick and physical. He's a big-time playmaker that can dominate a game on the defensive side of the ball. Hale has well over 30 scholarship offers, but he's starting to focus on a handful of schools.

"Right now I've narrowed things down to about ten schools," Hale responded when asked about his recruitment. "A couple of the schools are Florida, Michigan, Virginia, and Ohio State. Notre Dame is in the mix, along with some other schools. Pittsburgh is there too. I'm definitely keeping them around. They showed me love from day one. They're all about the same, but those are some of the ones I can pull of the top of my head.

"I might visit a couple schools this summer, but I really want to focus on my teammates first. We do some seven-on-seven tournaments so I'll be busy with that. I need to talk to my coach about when I'll be able to take my official visits. I probably won't answer any phone calls, text messages or anything like that during the season. I just want to focus on my team. I really don't know when I'll make my announcement.

Despite his lofty national ranking, Hale continues to work like he's searching for his first scholarship offer. This spring he participated in a couple combines, including the Scout.com held in Pittsburgh.

"Things went well," Hale said of his effort at the Scout.com combine. "I went up there to support some of my teammates that worked out. I worked out at the combine and we gave them a show. I worked out at linebacker mostly. I went up against Devoe Torrence. He's really good. Some times he got me, and some times I got him. There were a lot of guys that I knew up there. There definitely was a lot of talent there.

"I don't want to stop working. I know I can always get better, that's why I keep practicing and why I went to these combines. I definitely gain confidence. I'm going against the best guys around. You don't always get the opportunity to go up against these guys on Friday nights so when you go to these camps you get to go up against the best. I really just try to have fun with it."

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