October 12, 2007

Understated Hale likes it that way

MONROEVILLE, Pa.- Shayne Hale is an anomaly when it comes to high-stakes recruiting.

The Rivals.com 5-star prospect from Gateway High doesn't much care about recruiting rankings, the splash-and-dash of unofficial/official visits. He knows little about a school's TV appearances, facilities and/or national ranking.

Nor does he want to.

He lives with his grandmother. Loretta Hale's house probably bears no 60-inch TV, nor is it likely wired for Wi-Fi surfing. In fact, Shayne admits his father is more of a recruit-nik than he.

What the 6-foot-3, 235-pound projected college defensive end does like is football. What the young man, who has narrowed his schools to West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan and Ohio State, does is make plays.

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