A very worthy target of the 2021 Texas football recruiting class in the midst of the COVID-19 mandated dead period is 3-Star RB Darius Hale.
A prospect that was quickly trending up during 7-on-7 football season, that could also be a potential target of the 2021 Texas football recruiting class that flies under the radar, is three-star 5-foot-10.5 and 220 pound Pearland running back Darius Hale. The Pearland, TX, native plays for the South Texas Elite 7-on-7 team, that was doing well in the Championship 7v7 offseason series.
While the Texas Longhorns football program has yet to send an offer to join their 2021 recruiting class to Hale as of March 24, he could be receiving one before too long. Hale is reportedly (Horns247) hearing from the Texas coaching staff after the mandated dead period and during this dead period of recruiting visits as the novel coronavirus spread precautions continue.
There’s multiple factors that could go into Texas sending a scholarship offer to Hale in the near future. His 7-on-7 highlights alone with a talented 7-on-7 South Texas Elite team are worth of a number of Power Five programs looking his way. But he could also add depth after Texas signed five-star Salpointe Catholic running back Bijan Robinson in their 2020 recruiting class.
It would not be all that shocking if the recruiting ranking of Hale was to rise in the near future. He is also reportedly projected to be the starting running back for the Pearland football team this fall. This will be his final year at Pearland High School, so he could be facing a pivotal 2020 season.
He’s also received multiple Division 1 scholarship offers from since the beginning of the 2019 college football season, and had a visit with the Texas A&M Aggies last month during their Junior Day.
Hale ranks as the nation’s No. 741 2021 high school prospect and the No. 58 running back. He also squeaked just inside the top 100 prospects in the state of Texas. Hale currently holds five schools on his likely to grow offer sheet. Those five schools are the Utah State Aggies, FCS Illinois State Cardinals, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Baylor Bears, and Houston Cougars.
Baylor jumped on his recruitment fairly early on, sending him an offer more than one year ago on March 12, 2019.
Moreover, Texas has yet to land a single running back commitment in their 2021 recruiting class to date. They did land one true running back in the 2020 recruiting class, with the elite talent Robinson. Texas could have three-star athlete Jaden Hullaby play running back, but it doesn’t appear that head coach Tom Herman and recently hired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich are intent to keep him there.
Texas currently holds six commitments in their 2021 recruiting class. That makes their 2021 class good for a top 10 spot in the national class ranking and the top spot in the Big 12 rankings, according to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings.