The skirmishes at the line of scrimmage can get pretty ugly and nasty at times, but that's what brings a smile to Dunmore (Dunmore,Pa.) offensive lineman James McHale’s face.
“I really enjoy the battles on the line and being able to overpower someone,” said McHale. “It's the best feeling in the world when you're getting ready to put somebody on the ground and there's nothing they can do about it.”
The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Pennsylvania product has had a lot of practice in perfecting his craft, especially in a rush-heavy offense.
“I'm definitely more of a run blocker because that's what our school does most the time,” he explained. “At Dunmore, we barely throw and pretty much run off tackle most of the time, so I would definitely say I'm more of a run blocking offensive lineman.”
After helping lead Dunmore to the state championship game and a 14-2 record this season, the talented junior has taken some time to start eyeballing some college programs and preparing for the future.
“Recruiting’s been going really great and I've already taken a few visits to a couple schools,” shared the lineman. “I haven't received any offers yet, but I have heard from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State.”
With things just beginning to pick up for McHale, he has already started to develop some criteria for what he'll be looking for in a University.
“I believe location is going to have a big part in my decision,” he shared. “I'm also looking for good academics and whether or not I like the coaching staff. I’ll also get some input from my parents on whether they like it or not.”
Though he has yet to hear from the Irish, it would definitely be a dream come true if they were to enter the recruiting picture in the future.
“My whole family has always been Notre Dame fans,” admitted McHale. “I've grown up watching Notre Dame and Penn State all my life and I'm appreciative of what Notre Dame's done, especially coming from an Irish family. It would really be awesome if they started recruiting me and I’d have an opportunity to go to that school.
“Notre Dame is a school I would definitely love to visit sometime next year and I'm hoping that will happen.”