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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Sooners offer ESPN Junior 300 TE

By Damon Sayles

ESPN Junior 300 tight end Hale Hentges (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) made his first trip to Norman, Okla., this weekend, hoping to get a few things out of an unofficial visit to Oklahoma.

First, a new environment. Second, a chance to speak with Bob Stoops and his coaching staff. Third, and most importantly, a scholarship offer.

Hentges went 3-for-3 on Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end picked up a Sooners offer that he is holding in high regard.

“They’re definitely near the top [of my list],” Hentges said. “My interest is very, very high.”

Hentges, who is nearing 20 offers, picked up his second Big 12 offer, with Oklahoma joining Iowa State. He also has offers from Florida State, Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and several other programs. Considered a flex tight end, Hentges said he is being looked at more as a traditional blocking tight end.

“It was a great experience,” Hentges said of the trip to Norman. “They started off with an academic presentation, and then I was toured around by [tight ends/special teams] Coach [Jay] Boulware most of the day. I saw the weight room and the indoor practice facilities. Then, I got to see Coach Stoops, so that was really nice. I loved everything about it.”

Hentges called meeting Stoops “surreal,” but nothing compared to meeting with Stoops in his office for the news he hoped to receive on his trip.

“Coach Stoops called us into his office, and we talked about everything, like his time [at OU], the success they had and some other stuff,” Hentges said. “Then he said he wanted to offer a scholarship. It was really special hearing that from him, something I’ll never forget.”

Hentges is ranked No. 214 overall in the ESPN Junior 300, and is ranked as the No. 4 player at his position. He also is ranked No. 3 among 2015 players from Missouri. Hentges said he still in the process of setting up junior days and spring practice visits.