Hale’s decision-making process began early in the summer when he told reporters at Future 50 in Bradenton, Fla. That he made his decision but that he would sit on it until the end of September. Information at the time suggested that the choice was Texas based on sources close to the family echoed and His close relationship with many Texas commitments.
However, Hale made an official visit to Alabama on September 3 for the Crimson Tide’s game against Wyoming and made an official visit to Texas the weekend after the Longhorns fell to Alabama at home. The opportunity in Alabama became more appealing to the family, and it led to his commitment on Wednesday, a source said.
As for Hale, he’s excited to get over his decision and focus on his senior season.
“I was waiting to finish it,” Hale said. “You know what they do with receivers, they develop receivers. They have a good curriculum. It’s home.”
His relationship with coach Holmon Wiggins stood out in Alabama because the two had built a close bond.
“He’s like a father figure to me,” he said. “We built a good relationship and when I got down there he was like a father figure.”
During his official visit, Hale saw all he wanted to see in Tuscaloosa and wanted to call it his new home.
“That’s what I expected when I got down there,” he said. “For me, that’s the right feeling for me. It’s home.”
Hale will now embark on recruiting other top Texas players to Alabama, including two Texas pledges.
“Aeryn Hampton and Derrick McFall,” he said. “Really Johntay (Cook), I really want to flip Johntay.”
ANALYSIS OF COMMITMENT
The Hale possesses a rare combination of sportiness and legitimacy as an external receiver. His size allows him to fall back on defense beyond muscle and in diving situations, while his fitness translates into speed down the court and his ability to run a smooth line that can create separation. with the most complex defensive defenders.
At Alabama, Hale will join a position that has seen a bit of a decline over the previous two seasons, but Tide has plenty of young players from the 2022 and 2023 classes that will be able to feature next season at the earliest.
After enrolling in early January, it is expected that Hale will have a good chance of breaking into the top young talent on the intensive rankings as the spring develops.
At 6-foot-2, 175-pounds tall, Hale is the 35th-ranked player in the country in 2023, according to Rivals. He is the number 10 player in the state of Texas and the number 7 player in the nation.