Shayne Hale is making an official visit to Pitt this weekend and if his interaction with the Oakland Zoo is any indication, the Panthers could be close to receiving a verbal commitment from the Gateway All-America linebacker.
Hale was sitting in the front row (behind the basket) at the Pitt-Oklahoma State basketball game with Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, defensive line coach Greg Gattuso and safety Eric Thatcher. At the 7:27 mark of the first half, Hale joined the Oakland Zoo, where the students were waving signs that read: "Shady+Shayne=BCS."
Shady would be LeSean McCoy, who the freshman tailback who committed to the Panthers last January after similar treatment from the Zoo during the Pitt-Georgetown basketball game.
Where McCoy confirmed his choice by checking an open box next to his name, Hale might have tipped his hand by donning a gold Oakland Zoo jersey during a timeout at the 3:55 mark.