The summer recruiting period is usually a time when most high school athletes see more colleges express interest in them, as college coaches search to fill their recruiting classes with formidable players.
That is not the case for Bishop Dunne linebacker, and SMU commit, Shaine Hailey.
Since committing back in May, the 6-foot, 205-pounder has, for the most part, stopped getting texts and direct messages from programs that were previously recruiting him.
Hailey has picked up four offers from schools since his commitment, including Air Force and Lamar, but the SMU staff is the only one he is consistently hearing from.
“I’m hearing from other schools, but I don’t think they’re offering because they know I’m so hard committed (to SMU),” Hailey said.
The linebacker’s main recruiters, Coach McDaniel and Chad Morris, make it easy for the rising senior to stay committed to the Mustangs because they make it known that this process is about more than a player and a football team.
“They were actually just asking about my fourth of July, but they are always asking about my family, making sure we are all doing well,” Hailey said.
With his recruitment essentially out of the way now, Hailey has spent most of his summer preparing for his upcoming high school season.
7-on-7’s are a big part of summer ball in high school, and while they are minimal contact, they have still proven to be helpful for Hailey.
“It’s really about footwork and not using our hands as much to get work in on my speed in coverage,” Hailey explained. “You have to stay with the opponent and use your feet a lot, so it’s good work.”
Another aspect of his game that Hailey is focused on is the physical part of it. Although a he’s a little on the smaller side, it’s something he has been working on constantly.
“I actually lost weight at the beginning of the summer, just trying to get as fast as I can be, but I’ve gained about five or six pounds of muscle at this point, so I’m happy,” Hailey said.
As for the rest of his summer, the North Texas native only has a camp trip to SMU planned at this point, and that likely won’t change.