September 20, 2010
Moore leads Hale to SU
At the beginning of last week Syracuse took a hit at the wide receiver position losing Aaron Weaver for the year. Days later the Orange received news that they will get future help at the wide receiver position in the form of Keenan Hale.
Hale, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds from received his offer from Syracuse before anybody else stepped up to the plate. It was the fact that the Orange came through first that left a big impression on him.
"Well they were the first to offer me. I forgot who told me this, but I was told that it is usually the first school to offer you care about you the most. I feel like this coaching staff really cares about me as a person and a student-athlete. Also my sister is attending school at Howard University and it is a little closer to her."
At the time of the offer the Tennessee product did not know much about Syracuse, but he was intrigued.
"I knew it was in the Big East and I did not know much about it, so I had to do some research. When I started doing my research I could tell that it is a real nice place and the coaches told me it was a great place as well."
After his own research and getting to know the coaches Hale's views on the Orange completely changed.
"I just have a totally different idea about it. At first I was not really sure that it was what I wanted to do, so I had to wait it out a little while. Now that I have done research and talked with the coaching staff I feel more comfortable about where I am going. I just feel like it will be a good fit for me."
For Hale it was one coach on the Syracuse staff that sealed the deal for him.
"That was a major factor right there. He [Rob Moore] is a two-time pro bowler and he has helped guys get into the NFL. I just feel like if he can help other get to the next level then he can help me get there and that's what I really want out of a coach," Hale said. "The deciding factor for me I am pretty sure was Coach Rob Moore. I don't think I would have found a better wide receiver coach."
Not only was Coach Moore important, but a conversation with Doug Marrone also opened Hale's eyes.
"Coach Marrone talked to me about his philosophy [last Wednesday] and he was telling me that if I wanted to go to the next level all the NFL teams run the same kind of offense, they just call it differently. That is could because he said if I went to the NFL I would not have to learn everything over again because I would already know the stuff. I really like the philosophy, he said they would try to get me the ball down field and they have good quarterbacks."
Not only was Syracuse a school to offer, but a few others did come in and others may have been on the way soon.
"I was offered by Samford down in Alabama, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt. I think Duke would have offered during the season and maybe Eastern Kentucky or Middle Tennessee."
What did Syracuse have over those other schools?
"It all goes back the coaching staff and how much of a factor that was. I would say that it was the coaching staff."
One item that was a bit different is that Hale has picked the Orange before making a visit, but he does not see that as a big factor as he says he is a solid verbal to Syracuse.
"That did worry me a bit that I have not visited because I do want to be familiar with the campus. It is just something I am going to have to deal with."
When Orange fans get a chance to see Hale they will be getting a chance to see a player that will make plays down field.
"The coaches said they wanted to use me as a down field receiver. A down field receiver a go to guy that will get the ball and make plays," Hale stated. "I am a physical receiver. I just found my physical side this year and I started laying guys out during games, so I just feel I am more physical now. I would say like a mix between Terrell Owens and Randy Moss because I can go get the ball up high like Randy Moss and I am physical at the line and I will go against linebackers like Owens."
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