Know Your Recruit: DE Terrell Hall

By John Davis, Oxford Citizen

One of the nation’s top-ranked defensive line prospects is on his way to Oxford. Terrell Hall and his mother will be visiting Ole Miss, taking in the sights and all that there is to offer, the final weekend before National Signing Day.

Hall (6-foot-5, 254 pounds) is ranked No. 47 in the nation in ESPN’s Top 300. He attends St. John’s Catholic High School in Washington D.C. and has offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida State and Maryland, and those are just the finalists. And his coach, Joe Casamento, believes his best football is still ahead of him.

Hugh Freeze, and his staff, have been in hot pursuit of Hall down the stretch of recruiting, and making traction.

“First of all, I thought the coaches handled things extremely well. Great guys, great staff,” said Casamento, who knows offensive coordinator Dan Werner from previous years in recruiting. “The kids at Mississippi, or any of these other places Terrell is looking at, can play football anywhere. It really comes down to other kinds of things and I thought Coach Freeze made a couple of other great points about the other aspects of the family situation and the types of kids they’re trying to get into the program. The concern they have for each other. I think the seriousness of what they’re trying to do was important and Terrell was very impressed.”

Hall, who was picked to play in the annual Under Armour All-American game but too injured to participate, visited Alabama last weekend. He was a one-time Ohio State pledge, but the Buckeyes are out of the running.

As a player, Casamento said Hall is a difference maker, and someone who is versatile enough to play all along the line.

“In our game with Good Counsel that we won in three overtimes, he took over basically. We didn’t score in the second overtime and all they had to do was get close enough to kick a field goal and he just dominated,” Casamento said. “He threw them for a loss and then he recovered a fumble. He’s a great athlete in that you can stand him up or play him on the edge. Or he can put his hand down and rush the passer. He gives you a lot of flexibility. He’s a long kid that wants to be great.”

Hall was hampered for a few months with a knee problem that had to do with his circulation. The knee operated on was structurally sound, Casamento said, but it wasn’t getting circulation from a previous operation.

“His upside is tremendous or else Mississippi wouldn’t be looking at him or neither would the other schools, Alabama or Florida State,” Casamento said who added he didn’t think Hall was handling recruiting as well early in the year. “I thought he was just counting the number of offers he was getting, but as he got closer to trying to decide, I think he’s a great observer of things. He listens and just think he’s listening, but he’s really observing a lot of different things. I think he’s done a very good job of keeping things to himself and sizing things up for himself. I think he notices things people like me might not notice. I’m sure that’s what it will be like when he comes down on his visit. He’s very mindful of others around and I’m sure he will be noticing a lot of things. I think that will impact his decision a lot. I think he’s smart.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

Posted in Football, Recruiting
  • JB

    I don’t know what DE Terry Hall has to offer, but Coach Freeze seem to pull the right strings at right time,could be a replacement for Robert.. If my memory serve me correctly, Rebels under Coach Freeze has accomplished more than any other Coach since Johnny Vaught ,in putting consistent winner out on the playing arena I don’t think coach Vaught ever be Alabama (maybe once in 1970) do remember in one bowl game Tide beat Ole Miss 12 -7 all Bama scores came on field goals.

    • Killer_Beeze

      JB
      Coach Freeze already has Nkemdiche replacement and that would be Breland Speaks. He subbed for Robert after he suffered a concussion in the Memphis game and the defense didn’t skip a beat.
      This recruiting class is incredibly talented. ESPN will be at Ole Miss on signing day.😎

      • JB

        thanks, K_B, Rebels next season should be awesome – now to the basketball team, i never underestimate Coach Kennedy he has always come away a winner, and i feel its no different this season. Diamond Rebels are of my great interest – They have a preseason Alll-American SS and rgihtly so – ole miss some way or another never get shorted in Baseball for SS or football iat QB’s. Rebels should have power in the lineup and a strong pitching staff. in my in my years of observation in sports, Successful teams build first a strong defensive in football and a strong pitching staff in baseball,of course i am a nobody just a old Mississippi cotton farmer, an proudly so. It put the beans and cornbread on the table during those days. I remember very plainly going up to the Oxford cotton gins with just a small bail of cotton, it was a blessing to us

        • Killer_Beeze

          Good post JB.
          Beans/peas and cornbread? I can hear my stomach “growling”. Food for the gods. 🙂

        • ripleyreb

          Now you’re talking my language JB. I respect your love of the Florida schools, but we know where your heart is.

          • JB

            ripleyreb, you read me like a book, My heart is in Mississippi and love for that wonderul State. i sat out this afternoon in the beautiful Florida sunshine
            watched the sunset in the West knowing out there about 300 miles the Sun was still shunning on that state of my love, by the way Catfish, hush puppies and cold slaw for supper. catfish would have been much better had they come out of that old nasty Yocona river. It’s a privilege sharing conversations withh you and K_B, PA as well keeping me up to date with Ole Miss sports. – never know i may jump ship and come back to rebels, they are looking good in baseball and the basketball team are in the highlight thanks to coach Kennedy, I am messing up this posting gotta go watch Clint Eastwood movie.


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