Hall's Got Plenty of Options

Arkansas gets it shot at Irving (Texas) High offensive lineman and Oklahoma State commit Chris Hall (6-5, 285, 5.1) tonight through Saturday and then Texas takes it turn on Sunday and Monday.

The University of Arkansas and the University of Texas may not be scheduled to meet again on the football field in the regular season after just completing a two-game contract.

But the Razorbacks hope their momentum of beating the Longhorns three of the last four times now carries over into recruiting battles against their old foe.

One of those is currently playing out this weekend with Irving (Texas) High offensive lineman Chris Hall (6-5, 285, 5.1). Hall is currently committed to Oklahoma State and also recently took a visit to Texas Tech, visiting Arkansas and then Texas in a span of four days.

Hall is just exploring his options - ones that increased with scholarship offers from both the Razorbacks and the Longhorns this week - since former Oklahoma State head coach Les Miles bolted for LSU.

"I still consider myself committed to Oklahoma State, but I have to look at each of these situations and do what is best for me just like the coaches did," Hall said. "I have to compare and contrast all these schools and then make a call. Getting these offers has certainly given me a boost of confidence."

Hall was slated to arrive in Fayetteville late Thursday afternoon and will stay until Saturday night visiting Arkansas. He'll then fly out and be in Austin for a visit on Sunday and Monday.

He is one of 14 players scheduled to visit Arkansas this weekend, but has decided to not take a visit to Kansas State the following weekend.

He had been hoping for a scholarship offer from both and got one from Razorback head coach Houston Nutt on Tuesday and one from Texas soon afterwards.

"I was real happy because when it comes to fan support, Arkansas is without a doubt number one when it comes to those on my list," Hall said. "Coach Nutt also has a great reputation and all the recruits that he comes into contact with and everybody else just loves him. I think they are going to be a team to watch in the next few years with a big chance to make an impact."

Hall, who committed to SMU following his sophomore season before his options got much better, is regarded as one of the better offensive line prospects in the 2005 class.

"I think my biggest strengths are my aggression and my determination," Hall said. "I want to just destroy the defensive lineman in front of me. I do need to get some more upper body strength, but I am sure I will and be a strong 300-pounder in no time."

Hall's brother Zach has been on the SMU roster, but is transferring to Arkansas Tech in Russellville meaning they two brothers would be less than two hours away from each other if Chris lands at Arkansas.

"I'm sure my parents would like that because they would be able to see us both play on some days with just a short drive," Chris Hall said.

Hall says that one simple thing is going to determine where he ends up.

"After I take these last two visits, I'll know where I want to end up," Hall said. "I'll know because it will be the place I have the most feeling of home at. This is a place I am going to be the next four or five years so it's important to get it right."


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