2015 Missouri TE Hale Hentges Recaps Buckeye Visit

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 3, 2014 at 8:50p

The Buckeyes are actively recruiting two tight ends for 2015 and there's no doubt that Missouri's Hale Hentges is one target they'd love to land. 

Hentges visited the Buckeyes last fall and he, along with his family, made a return trip to Columbus today and got a better look at what the Buckeyes have to offer. 

"Meeting with (Urban) Meyer was the best part," Hentges told Eleven Warriors. "I have met him before but he's very humble and down-to-earth."

A 6-foot-4, 230 pounder from Helias (Mo.,) Hentges told 11W in mid-March that there's some pull to stay close to home at Missouri. 

"A lot of my family went (to Missouri) and I was born and raised here," he said of his homestate school. "I grew up a fan, but it's all about what's the best fit for me."


Today it was Ohio State's turn to show Hentges and his family what they provide on, and off, the football field.

"We got to see the facilities and spent time with the coaches," he added of today's visit. "My parents really like it and we also met with the Dean of the Business School. Ohio State hangs with anyone as far as the 'wow factor.'"

Hentges and his family are staying in Columbus for the evening and will do a bit more Buckeye touring early tomorrow morning before heading north to check out Michigan and Michigan State this weekend. He says that while the Buckeyes have made quite an impression, he's not ready to end his recruitment yet. 

"I'll still make the other visits (that were planned," Hentges added. "I'm going to announce a top three soon, but I'm not ready to make any commitment just yet."


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TCOB_6's picture

It's good to hear that Meyer got him + the family back on campus. That's never a bad thing for a return visit. Birmingham sounds optimistic about this one. Could this be our next commit?

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buckeyes7222's picture

It just feels so weird when someone calls him Birmingham... But Birm you are the man!

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TCOB_6's picture

Lol well... it was originally supposed to be Birm, but my phone went ahead and finished Birmingham for me.

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buckeyebowhunter's picture

This would be a huge get in a huge area of need.  C'mon Urban close this deal!

Go1Bucks's picture

Nice to hear the positives coming our way, instead the opposite.  Hope he feels that the State up North is just that - too North!  

Someone explain that Columbus is in a bowl.  We have better weather. Better women, Better campus, Greatest fans!


Ok - soapbox done.

Go Bucks!

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m5987usus's picture

Birm do you think we are the favorites now?


Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I think right now it's a two-horse race between Ohio State and Missouri.

Seattle Linga's picture

EZE - might be the closer on this deal

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bucknasty13's picture

Why do you say that?  Because he's from the same state?

Seattle Linga's picture

Yes and the courtship of EZE came down to those two schools as well. He obviously make the right choice and we are thrilled but I am sure he can share a little bit of his own pros and cons list from a couple of years ago. 

Insight to how he was feeling and some of the struggles he went through, would help. I may be mistaken but I believed that both of his parents were athletes at Mizzu and leaving that state after he had followed the Tigers his whole life spoke volumes to us all. 

teddyballgame's picture

It sounds like we're the team to beat for his services. 

Colerain 2004 G.O.A.T.'s picture

Really odd the headlines for the articles keep changing for me.This one read Hentges to the Buckeyes? Then i get in and read the article and it openly says his recruitment will remain open.Not sure if I have a more serious virus because my other gripe is the changing of article headlines every single day. Same read but headline changes.

I speak the truth but I guess that's a foreign language to yall.~~Lil Wayne

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CGroverL's picture

I had heard the same about "recruitment will stay open", but I also heard he gave Les Miles the not-so-solid commit...... Who knows? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Visiting M*ch*gan is something I still can't understand about recruits. If they REALLY knew how BIG the Ohio State/M*ch*gan rivalry is, I'd think that they'd pick one and not bother visiting the other school. The name Kyle Kalis comes to mind.....I know that Urban Meyer wasn't a factor for that kid's pick, but that kid should have a target on his back and front for visiting both schools, committing to one and then doing the proverbial "flip-flop". I wonder if Kalis is still happy with his choice? Who gets the last laugh.....................Go Buckeyes!!!

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



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Buckeye06's picture

There are probably 10 kids a year who have offers from both OSU/Michigan and visit both.  That is not uncommon at all.  The top athletes in the region will check out the top places in the region


CGroverL's picture

Sure, I get it...the player chooses where he fits best for athletic/academic/or whatever thrills him and makes his choice. It just seems that when Ohio State recruits an Ohio kid heavily and he then chooses M*ch*gan, that he then has the nation's largest (and best) fanbase against him for MORE than just choosing to go to TSUN. I just can't see why a kid would choose M*ch*gan over Ohio State when TSUN has won just 2 out of the last dozen or so games especially after Brady Hoke came in...Hoke is supposed to be a good coach but he has still yet to win a conference title in his 11 seasons as a head coach....He definitely doesn't bring the typical "head coach from Ohio" pedigree like so many others. As bad as he has been at TSUN, he was worse previously as his record coming into AA was just 2 games over .500.

I apologize...I'm originally from Dayton (like Brady Hoke) and it makes me sick for him to call himself a Michigan Man and refer to Ohio State as "Ohio". I just don't see how something like that can happen. It's not natural, ya know?

"I hope they're last in everything". One of Meyer's comments when speaking of TTUN after being hired at Ohio State.



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B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

I think this happened with a Larry Johnson article.  I read it like last week and then a few days later it was almost literally the same article; however, different headline...Hmmm

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

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Ebvine96's picture

Birm: how does he compare to the other top tight ends of the class most notably Chris Clark?

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Kingbuck12's picture

Cant believe nobody has pulled the trigger on committing for two months now. What's the deal? We are THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY doesn't that mean anything to anyone?  I might be a little bias though.  


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CasualBystander's picture

If that's your recruiting pitch then I'm glad you aren't recruiting...

"Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured." - Mark Twain

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DenBuck's picture

Would love Hale & Conrad. I have a heart for Ohio kids that will work and wait for the coveted offer from the home state school....

Buckeye For Life

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

I can see the shirt mocking scUMs already...only ours will be scarlet and read "HALE."

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TraptnMI's picture

This boy is absolutely going to be a tiger. Until we start utilizing the TE alot more, we should offer schollies to Ohio boys that absolutely love the good guys. Death before dishonor, these guys will play their butts off for their dream school! We can afford at this position to take care of our own.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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Ahh Saturday's picture

Eric Waters led Mizzou TEs in receptions last year with 8 catches for 72 yards.  The next TE on the list, Culkin, had one catch all year.  Jeff Heuermann, by contrast, had 26 receptions for 466 yards.

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Jordan Wagner's picture

That is true, however, TJ Moe had 40 receptions in 2012 for Missouri. In 2011, Missouri's two leading receivers were tight ends. Each had 50 receptions. In 2010, the Tigers had two tight ends with over 90 receptions each. 

TCOB_6's picture

It appears there's been a steady decline in the use of the TE at Missouri. I wonder if that's by design and they've changed their game plan, or if it's something else? That'd be worth checking into.

tussey's picture

My guess is that they have a bunch of tall WRs.  Just going through their roster they have 15 WRs over 6' and 9 that are 6'3" or taller.

GH_Lindsey's picture

Well the 2013 season was the first under a new OC, so I'd imagine the decline in TE use had something to do with that. They also had 3 very fast receivers with TE height (6'3 or above), so that might've negated the normal TE role.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Ironically one of Hentges' biggest reservations about Missouri is that they don't really use a TE in their offense.

AZBuckeyePhan's picture

Birm, if Hentges wanted to commit today would the staff accept his commitment? And what would be the chances of landing Clark and Hentges?

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Yes, they would. As for Clark/Hentges, I'd say that's unlikely but it wouldn't stop OSU from trying to make it so.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

"Hale to the Buckeyes?"

Was that an unintentional jab at TTUN?  :P

Class of 2010.