The college game is predicated on speed and this plays right into Klein (Texas) Oak athlete DeSean Hales' sweet spot. Hales is an all-purpose football player with track speed – not the other way around. In fact he may be hanging up his summer spikes to focus strictly on football.
"I think I'm going to focus on football this summer and take in some camps," he said. "I know I'm going to Texas Tech for sure."
A new speed school has entered the Hales' sweepstakes over the past few days. Miami has verbally offered Hales and has made an impression.
"Miami could move into my top five," he said. "Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and LSU are in it right now. I'm still waiting for LSU to offer though.
"I feel blessed to have any offers and I'm still pretty open, but I want to make a decision before school starts in the fall."
Hales is a versatile offensive athlete who can return kicks, play receiver or carry the ball 25 times a game, and he doesn't have a major preference what position he plays at the next level.
"It really doesn't matter to me," he said. "I just want to get out there and do what I do. Kansas State is the only school that is really recruiting me at running back specifically. The others consider me an all-purpose guy."
While football is the future, track is the now. Hales has reached the regional track meet in the relay events this weekend and has aspirations for the state meet.