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.”