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Saying Hale Hentges' offer list has exploded is tired metaphor. It's also somehow understating the point.
The four-star, Jefferson City, Mo. tight end grabbed multiple offers in a single day on several occasions over the course of the last month. The Rivals250 prospect has morphed from a top regional recruit into a truly national prospect, and he's done it in a hurry.
"Coming from, like, 10 or so offers to what it is now … I mean, this offseason has been pretty shocking," Hentges said. "I didn't really expect it. I guess most schools are focusing in 2015 now, and getting the offers out.
"Getting Alabama, Texas and LSU all in one day was really surprising. That was the day that really stood out."
Hentges' offer list currently stands at 27. He names no favorites and declines to separate his options into tiers or anything of the sort. Instead, he's focused on in-person evaluations. This offseason will be a busy one.
"I have some plans," Hentges said. "I'm not quite sure on all the dates, but I know I'm going to Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Auburn. There will probably even be a few more later on."
A self-professed lifelong Missouri fan, Hentges says that the in-state school will be able to stand toe-to-toe with the laundry list of other offers he possesses until the end. So while his travel plans include plenty of trips outside the state, Gary Pinkel's program still has its pull.
"I've grown up a Missouri fan and I've been there the most probably," Hentges said. "I like what they're doing with the tight ends, so they're a big player."
A 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect, Hentges would ideally like to announce a verbal commitment before his senior season, though, that is subject to change.
Rob Cassidy is a West Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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