Blue Chip Chat: Shayne Hale

Catching up with the area's top high school football players

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School:

Gateway

Position: FB/DE

Height: 6-4

Weight: 235

The skinny: Hale is ranked one of the top linebackers in the country, but he has been switched to defensive end for this season. Gateway coach Terry Smith said the move is best for the team and also said defensive end is the position Hale likely will play in college. Hale is ranked among the top 25 players in the country by rivals.com and scout.com.

College talk: Hale was recruited by colleges across the country, but has narrowed his list to West Virginia, Michigan, Virginia and Ohio State. There is a chance Hale and teammate Cameron Saddler (RB-WR-DB) will attend the same school. Saddler's final four are West Virginia, Michigan, Virginia and Syracuse.

What do you think of the position switch? It isn't a big deal. At first, I wasn't real happy. But once I got the feel and started making plays in practice, I thought to myself, "This might be my spot." So it's not a big deal.

Favorite food? Steak.

What music do you listen to before games? I just turn on my iPod and let it run. I listen to everything from rap to R&B, everything.

What do you usually do after a game? Sometimes we go out to eat at Damon's. I usually just try to go out a little bit, chill with my friends and family, then go home and rest up.

People might be surprised to know ... I don't watch football that much at home on TV. I try to get out of the house, hang out with my friends.



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