May 10, 2009

Is UA still pursuing DT?

Chesapeake (VA) defensive tackle Evan Hailes has racked up scholarship offers from schools all over the country, including a recent offer from Penn State. But is Alabama still pursuing this Virginia defender whose teammate, Phillip Simms, is the jewel of the Crimson Tide's 2010 recruiting class?

"I'm not hearing a whole lot from Alabama at the moment," said the 6-foot-1, 305-pound tackle. "I think for me to get an offer at this point, I'm going to have to go down to their camp. I don't have any plans to go as of right now but I haven't made my mind up on where I'll be camping this summer just yet."

While Hailes is somewhat discouraged that he has not yet received an offer from the Tide, his teammate, the nation's No. 1 quarterback prospect, is continuing to try and push Hailes towards Tuscaloosa.

"Simms won't stop talking about Alabama," said Hailes, who is ranked as the nation's No. 13 defensive tackle prospect. "He's really trying to talk me into going down there with him. He talks about how great it would be to see me sack the other quarterback and set him up with good field position. He's definitely excited about Alabama."

For the moment, Hailes is moving forward with the schools that have offered him, with two SEC programs at the top of his list of favorites.

"Right now I'd say my top five are Tennessee, LSU, Virginia Tech, Penn State and NC State. Those are my favorites but I'd really love to play anywhere in the SEC for sure. Right now, that's where the best players in college football are. It would be a dream come true to play anywhere in the SEC."

As a junior, Hailes racked up 81 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

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