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Oakland Zoo woos Hale
Posted December 15, 2007 1 :05 PM

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.

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