"The practice was fast and very well run," Hale said. It was run like our practice is run. They told me at practice that they will give me a written offer on Sept. 1. I was very happy and wasn't really expecting it."
The injury of a former Gateway player Dan Loheyde hurts, but on Thursday it made the former Gator available to speak to his former teammate.
"Loheyde was hurt, so he sat there and talked to me about the defense that they run and the different schemes," Hale explained. "On each play we were seeing what I would be doing from my spot on the field."
As we stated in the opening, the Panthers were on the radar with Hale, but not as much as they were after Thursdays practice session. "Pitt wasn't always a top choice, but after talking to the coaches and to Dan they made me feel real comfortable," Hale told Scout.com. "Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and the defensive coaches are real cool."
Hale has all the physical tools to be a truly great college football player. He used the Thursday practice session to gauge where he is at currently.
"The physical part I'm not worried about," Hale said. "I can be physical. I love to hit people. I think I need to study the defense more and pay better attention. I need to work more on the mental part of the game, the reaction part is easy."
It is still very early, but the battle for Shane Hale may likely come down to al old fashioned Pitt versus Penn State battle.