Hale Hentges was one of the top uncommitted tight ends in the country before Sunday night, and then he dropped this bomb on twitter.
After much deliberation and prayer, I have decided to play football at The University of Alabama! #RollTide
— Hale Hentges (@HaHentges) May 26, 2014
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound TE has been closely watched ever since his first year of high school football when he caught 13 passes for 150 yards. That, admittedly, did not totally make him a lock to commit to Alabama, but it planted the seed for what was come. His amazing junior season (61 receptions for 940 yards and 15 touchdowns) must have caught Nick Saban’s eyes, and that is when Hentges became a full fledged target for the Rolling Tide.
“I wanted to play for a program that has a pro-style offense that’s going to use multiple tight ends,” Hentges told 24/7 Sports. “Everyone at Alabama (TEs) have come out (professionally) the last few years under coach Saban and that was really intriguing. Also, the push from Coach Saban and Coach Williams was something that was too good to pass up.”
He also mentioned that he felt a great sense of home during his visits, which is always crucial to players when they are committing to a school that is out of their native state of birth.
The two time All State (MO) tight end is not only a threat in the passing game, but possesses the ability to dominate his blocking assignment within the running attack. That combination is most likely what made Saban decide to offer, and the rest is history.