Hall Of Honor

Arkansas defensive end commit and Springdale Har-Ber standout Jake Hall (6-5, 236), who just named Lineman of the Year in the 7A West, is disappointed that defensive line coach Charlie Patridge has left to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic, but is certain that Razorback head coach Bret Bielema will find a great replacement.

While Springdale Har-ber defensive lineman Jake Hall is happy for Charlie Partridge that the former Arkansas defensive line coach was named head coach at Florida Atlantic on Tuesday, he is admittedly a little bummed for himself.

Hall was looking forward to working with Partridge next season after he signs with the Razorbacks in Feburary.

"I'm disappointed in Coach Partridge leaving, but I think Coach B will get a good replacement and we will go from there," Hall said. "I really like Coach Partridge, but I am still a strong commit (to Arkansas)."

Hall was named the Class 7A West Lineman of the Year and also named to the All-State team on Tuesday. That's something that is no small feat since he edged teammate Josh Frazier (6-3, 310), who has pledged to sign with Alabama.

Hall had a spectacular senior season in which he racked up 67 tackles, had 3.5 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. He also deflected two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered another.

"Jake had a great season for us," Har-Ber head coach Chris Wood said. "When the eight coaches went into that room and put up the names they thought were worthy, it was clear the high pedigree of offensive and defensive linemen that we have in this conference.

"It was a big, big honor for Jake and one that was very deserved," Wood added.

The Wildcats star admits he is anxious to get started with Arkansas strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert.

"I am actually going to have a meeting with him on Tuesday so I can get started right away," Hall said. "He just says we are going to build lean muscle mass and my body will decide how much weight to put on."

Hall said he was working on both Rogers linebacker Zach Wary – who also visited Arkansas this weekend – and Frazier in a quest for them to become Razorbacks as well.

"I talked to him (Wary) a lot this weekend," Hall said. "He is just going to take his visits and then make a decision...I think (Frazier) said he might take a visit in January. Right now he is pretty strong to Alabama, but the best thing I can do is just get him to take a visit."

Hall – who had the shortest trip of any of last week's 15 official visitors - certainly enjoyed his time on the Arkansas campus and was hosted by defensive end Karl Roesler and safety Alex Brignoni.

"I really enjoyed hanging out with the team and the Catfish Hole," Hall said. "Just getting to walk around the campus. And the new facilities are very impressive."

Ironically, his visit to the Catfish Hole this past weekend was not his first for a recruit weekend.

"Actually I had gone a couple of years ago as a fan when the recruits came in," Hall said. "It is pretty cool being on the other side of it."

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