Recruiting: The next Mark Clayton?

Spring, Texas receiver DeSean Hales talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma.

DeSean Hales, WR, 5'10, 170, 4.4, SPRING KLEIN OAK, TEXAS:

It says a lot about the talent of a player when his opponents are talking about him. When I first interviewed stud Klein, Texas offensive lineman J.B. Shugarts, I asked him who the best player he played against was. And even though he didn't line up against Desean Hales, he said without doubt it was the fleet wide receiver.

The fact that one of the best offensive linemen in the country is talking about Hales says a lot, but the fact that he is grabbing attention from college football programs around the country says just as much. Hales' speed and agility makes him a giant among receivers, despite the fact he is not the biggest of receivers.

"That makes me feel pretty special," said Hales on Shugarts' comments. "I have known him since little league football and he has always been big. I kind of figured that at 6-foot-6 and 300-pounds he was going to be a monster, especially in high school. He is a great player — one of the best around. So it feels good to hear him say that."

Hales split time on offense last season at running back and receiver putting up good numbers at both positions. At running back, Hales carried the ball 178 times for 1,249 yards and 16 touchdowns. At receiver, he caught 38 passes for 638 yards at 16.8 yards per catch. Those totals, along with his tremendous talent, make Hales one of the elite players in Texas.

"It is an honor that people see me that way, but I think I am just another player," said Hales. "I just go out there and give 100 percent and I know if I work hard good things will work out for me."

Hales has tremendous speed and that speed always has the respect of the defense.

"I play with a lot of energy and I have a fast game," said Hales. "As a receiver, my ability to beat people deep is my biggest asset. I can go up and get the ball too, and I know that surprises some people. I also work hard on my routes. It helps to have good speed, but that speed really helps a receiver when you can run good routes. If you run a good route then you have a great chance to get a step on the DB. I want to become a little more physical, but I run good routes and because of my speed I keep the DB guessing on what I am going to do."

At this point, Hales has been offered by Nebraska, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.

"In the next few weeks I am going to narrow my choices down, but right now I am wide open," said Hales. "I just want to take a close look at all the schools and see which school fits me best."

So, what are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

"Oklahoma has always been the No. 1 school as far as wins," said Hales. "I think OU has won more games than any other team for the last seven years. They are well coached and they are really good at making adjustments. I think from talking to coach (Kevin) Sumlin that I would fit into their offense very well. He told me that I was a lot like Mark Clayton. I remember in their national championship games they had Mark Clayton, Mark Bradley and Brandon Jones at receivers. I think they are trying to get that style of play back, and I think I would fit in very well down there."

Hales says he will go through the recruiting process, but he plans to make a decision before his senior season begins.

He is going to Junior Days at LSU and Texas, and he plans to be at OU March 10th. He also plans to drop by Texas Tech to see how they do things in Lubbock.

Hales' best 40 time is 4.33 and he has run a 10.5 100-meters. He likes the 400M run the best and he has been clocked at 48.3.

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