Penn State redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Evan Hailes missed last season after suffering a life-threatening blood clot situation. His status had been unclear for some time, but on Tuesday night at the Washington DC Coaches Caravan stop, head coach Bill O’Brien cleared things up. Evan Hailes’ football career at Penn State has come to an end due to the blood clot disorder. Hailes will, however, stay on scholarship and work with the team in a graduate assistant-type role.
Hailes came out of Virginia as a highly recruited prospect in 2009 with offers from all the big boys. Clemson, Virginia, Cal, Michigan, NC State and Virginia Tech all wanted Evan to play for them but Evan chose Happy Valley. Many had looked forward to him hitting the field from the day that he signed. He was gifted with supreme strength and a rugged style of play.
The most important thing in this situation, to me, is that he will be able to graduate with his kinesiology degree while still on scholarship.
The defensive tackle depth chart for Penn State is a bit slim at the top with Jordan Hill, DaQuan Jones, Anthony Zettel and James Terry. A couple of the incoming freshman, most notably Jamil Pollard, could see action a little earlier than planned.
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