May 6, 2010

Hale keeps picking up interest

Greenwood (Ind.) defensive tackle Joel Hale is well on his way to being one of the top prospects in the Midwest and an impressive offer list only goes to prove that. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder has received offers from most of the Big Ten and other big name schools are starting to make their way into the picture as recruiting starts to heat up.

"A lot of things are starting to pick up now," Hale said. "My offers keep coming in and this week we have had coaches stop by and I have just say hey to them but nothing more than that."

On Thursday Hale was visited by Florida, Penn State, Cincinnati and Wisconsin. More and more schools have made the trip to the Hoosier State to check in on Hale and it has netted more and more offers.

"I had Florida come in last week," Hale said. "I got the official letter last week."

Hale made it to Columbus (Ohio) during spring practice and had a chance to look in on the Buckeyes and say hello to Jim Tressel and the staff. Hale is a big time target for the Buckeyes who are heavily looking for defensive tackles and there has not been any loss of interest in the past few weeks.

"They can only call me only once a month in May," Hale said. "But Doc (Tressel) has been writing me letters and stuff and I have been emailing back and forth with coach (Jim) Heacock and we are really starting to build a really good relationship. It is going well with them right now."

But the Buckeyes are not the only team that have been hot on the trail for obvious reasons after checking out film of what Hale is capable of doing on the field

"I have been talking with coach (Steve) Adazzio and Florida and I have talked to so many people over the phone and it is really just going well right now," Hale said.

And through it all Hale knows that he is in a rare position with so many options on the table and the opportunity to play high level football and one of many big time powerhouses.

"I am very fortunate to have all of these choices and whenever it comes down to crunch time I am just going to have to find out what is the best thing for me," Hale said.

More and more players are starting to set up official visits and while the Miami (Fla.) game for the Buckeyes will be a huge backdrop Hale doesn't see himself coming out for that game on an official visit for one very crucial reason.

"I plan on deciding before my senior season and have already been to Florida and Ohio State but official visits won't matter with my timetable," Hale said. "I do plan on getting on campus over the summer and staying the night."

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