If speed kills, Houston (Texas) Klein Oak 2008 prospect DeSean Hales is lethal.
Hales (5-11, 170-pounds) is a self-proclaimed "football player who runs track to stay in shape." If that's the case, he's a true two-sport athlete. In football cleats, Hales caught 38 passes for 738 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore en route to his district's newcomer of the year award. He also returned kicks and had 16 rushes for 151 yards and two scores.
On the oval, Hales won district in the 400-meters as a freshman and reached the state meet as a sophomore. He also runs for Track Houston, a summer developmental AAU team, which feeds the Junior Olympic squad.
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"I'm a football player first," Hales said. "I just run track to assist my football career."
Hales' versatility on the football field is getting noticed and a Big 12 offer should be in the mail by September 1.
"Nebraska has told me they are going to offer in September," he said. "I guess that's the earliest they can offer juniors.
"On the football field, I've been told I will play receiver, running back and maybe corner back," he said. "I'm looking to get our team to the playoffs and earn maybe an all-state honor."