Tuscaloosa, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Tight end Hale Hentges, the No. 2 player in Missouri, has committed to Alabama instead of the in-state Tigers.
Hentges is another addition to what already ranks as the best 2015 recruiting class, which has 16 commitments. He is the first prospect from the state of Missouri to commit to Alabama during the Nick Saban era.
The Tigers have a tight end commitment in next year’s class in Daniel Imatorbhebhe, but Hentges is the second best tight end in the country and lives only 30 minutes from Missouri’s campus.
The 6-4, 230-pound Hentges caught 61 passes for 940 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He said he was recruited to play H-back at Alabama by tight ends coach Bobby Williams.
“I felt an amazing sense of home during the two visits I took down there,” Hentges said. “I wanted to play in a pro-style offense that featured tight ends, so it was a great fit for me. Alabama has developed a great tradition for tight ends over the past couple of years. They’re sending a lot of guys to the NFL, and that excites me.”
Hentges said he’s “100 percent solid” on Alabama and wouldn’t take visits to other schools.