Max Hall Continues Family's Legacy

When a school retires your grandfather's and uncle's jersey numbers, some expected Max Hall to be a shoe-in to verbal to the Sun Devils. This assumption came true yesterday, and the third generation of the legendary White family will don the maroon and gold.

When DevilsDigest caught up with the signal caller, he was naturally ecstatic over his decision. "It feels great." He said, "I'm not really relieved, just excited." Hall said that grandfather Wilford "Whizzer" White, uncle Danny White, or any other member of his family never exerted any pressure on him to play for the Devils. "My family would happy anywhere I went. But they're of course happy that they'll get to see my games."

Hall said that he narrowed down his list of favorites to three – ASU, BYU, and Washington State. He thought long and hard before coming to his conclusion. "I wanted to go to ASU my whole life. But when I got other offers from other schools and got to visit them – I was impressed. So for a month I let things soak in and thought about it. Then I said I wanted to make a decision before the beginning of the season. So, me and my dad sat down and went over the pros and cons of each school. I decided I wanted to play in the Pac-10, and that ASU would be the best school for me to go to."

Other than continuing the family tradition and playing close to family and friends, the Mountain View signal caller mentioned other factors that swayed him towards Tempe. "I feel real comfortable around the coaching staff. I really like coach Koetter. I feel this program is on the rise, and will be national contenders."

The newest ASU commitment plans to go on a two-year mission. It is unclear whether he will do so straight of high school or following a redshirt year. "I haven't made a decision on it yet. We talked about it a little today, but we said that we'd make decision in the summer. When the time comes, we'll look at how many quarterbacks we have, and how I'll fit in the rotation. That will determine if I go to a mission right out of high school or redshirt a year…I can go on a mission when I turn 19 which is in October, but I can delay it too. The coaches told me it's my decision, and they'll be happy either way." Hall says it all comes down to his playing chances. "I'm not leaning any specific way. If I feel I'm in the rotation of the top three quarterbacks, then I'll stay and get to know the system. That way when I come back from my mission I'll hit the ground running."

An early verbal commitment usually brings tranquility, on and off the field for one's senior season. Hall looks forward to that feeling. "It's definitely less pressure now. It's tough when you come back from practice and every night you have coaches calling you. You're sick of it. Now I can concentrate on my season, and have fun my senior year." And what are his expectations for his last year of high school football? "Come on now, I'm expecting a repeat state championship (smile)." Spoken like a true Sun Devil winner…

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