Michael Hall's No. 20

Continuing its late success in Georgia, Arkansas picks up a commitment Monday night from defensive end Michael Hall (6-3, 240, 4.61) and has one big Peach State gem left out there in Atlanta Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Big Duke Robinson (6-6, 335, 5.7).

It's no secret that the University of Arkansas has been in the market for another defensive end to team with Marcus Shavers in its 2005 recruiting class.

Michael Hall of Decatur (Ga.) Southwest Dekalb is that man.

Hall (6-3, 240, 4.61) committed to the Razorbacks late Monday night to become the 20th prospect who has pledged to sign with Arkansas on Wednesday, the national signing date.

"After talking with (Arkansas defensive line) Coach (Tracy) Rocker and (new UA defensive coordinator) Coach (Reggie) Herring, I feel like it is a good fit for me," Hall told Brett Bradley of The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas. "I want to play big-time SEC football."

While he also had offers from Bowling Green, Maryland and Georgia Tech, the lure of playing in the SEC and for Herring, who headed up the top-rated defense in the country last season at North Carolina, was too much to turn away from.

"After talking with Coach Herring this weekend, I think he is going to take the Arkansas defense to a different level," Hall said.

Hall has recorded a vertical jump of 35 inches and bench pressed 340 pounds.

Hall, who had a whopping 17 solo tackles in one game as a sophomore, already had 40 tackles and 5 sacks before tearing ACL in the third game of the 2004 campaign.

He said doctors have told him he is four weeks ahead of schedule in his rehab.

"It feels great," Hall said. "I'll be ready to go when I get up here."

Hall had 95 tackles as a junior and got to the quarterback 12 times. He also caught 23 passes for over 400 yards and six scores.

Hall will have the letter-of-intent faxed in to Arkansas by the time the Razorbacks' 2 p.m. signing day press conference gets started.

"I'm going to sign with Arkansas at 12 o'clock on Wednesday in my school cafeteria," Hall said. "I know there are a lot of players from Georgia on the Arkansas roster. Michael Grant went to my rival high school."

Hall's dad, Michael Hall, Sr., feels like his son will be bringing a lot to Arkansas.

"The coaches like him because of his speed and his footwork, his football awareness and his knowledge of the game," Hall said. "He's played both tight end and defensive end in high school and college coaches have been recruiting him for both. I guess he could end up at either place, but he likes defense because he likes to hit."


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