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Sunday, February 10, 2013
OT McHale thinking about in-state schools

By Josh Moyer

James McHale may still be waiting on that first offer, but that doesn't mean the pace of his recruitment has slowed.

The offensive tackle out of Dumore (Pa.) visited Pitt's junior day last week and also has upcoming trips scheduled to UConn and Buffalo. He's chatted with several visiting coaches, but the Panthers seem to be coming after him hardest.

James McHale
James McHale, a 6-foot-6, 289-pound 2014 offensive tackle out of Dumore (Pa.), is hoping to earn offers from Pitt and Penn State.
For now, though, it's not just a potential Panthers' scholarship offer he's thinking about a lot.

"I'm really hoping for Pitt and Penn State," he said. "But I could see Pitt coming before Penn State, as it stands."

McHale grew up watching the Nittany Lions, and he attended several games this past season. He hopes to return to campus soon and said he still has a lot of respect for the school. He built a good relationship with PSU offensive line coach Mac McWhorter over the past year and believed the future was bright for the team.

"It's a great football program," he said. "With the class they got in now, they're going to be pretty good. They got the best quarterback and best tight end in the country. Playing with them would be great."

McHale said he's obviously open to other schools, but he'd prefer to stick to the northeast. He wants to stay close to home, at least somewhere along the East Coast, and that's a big reason why he'd like to remain in-state. Rutgers is another school he'd like to consider since it's less than a three-hour drive.

But, until those schools decide to offer, McHale said he's just going to keep hitting the weight room in hopes to improve. His 40-yard dash currently stands at 5.5 seconds, and he's aiming to lower it to a 5.3 He'd also like to maintain his 289-pound frame and maybe add some muscle.

"I'm not really on edge about not having an offer," he said. "I'm just going to keep working every single day."