Hale Hentges does not hurt for scholarship offers.
A 2015 prospect, The Jefferson City (Mo.) tight end has 15 of them to be exact. Schools pursuing his commitment aren't taking a passive approach, either. Once the recent dead period ended, the games began … again. On Thursday, it was a visit from Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini.
"Coach Pelini was just saying how much I mean to him and that they really want to have me there," Hentges said. "He watched me play basketball. He complimented me a lot on how I could move on the court for being a big tight end."
But Hentges isn't leaving it up to college coaches to do the traveling. He's hitting the road as well. There's an unofficial visit to Oklahoma already on his agenda for Saturday. The trip is one that could play a an important role in his recruitment. The Sooners are yet to make thing official with a scholarship offer, but that seems likely to change when Hentges shows up in Norman.
The visit isn't some kind of cold call. Instead, it's a sort of culmination of things.
"I really like Coach [Bob] Stoops and what he's done down there," Hentges said. "I like Coach [Jay] Boulware, too. They had a big win over Alabama, but I really like how they use tight ends there. They tell me that they are going to be recruiting me hard because they need me to be a feature in the offense. That was good to hear."
Hentges plans to attend spring practices at a variety of schools, but his trip to Oklahoma is the only thing set in stone at the moment. As for favorites? The four-star prospect has none.
After all, there's a reason he's hitting the road.
"No favorites yet," Hentges said. "It's still pretty early, so I'm just looking at all of the schools."
Hentges is ranked as the No. 8 tight end in the 2015 class.