Matt Hall Talks Razorbacks

Matt Hall was the first player in the 2008 recruiting class to issue a verbal commitment to the Arkansas Razorbacks, and on Saturday he was on campus for their Junior Day festivities.

There is little doubt that Matt Hall a 6-foot-9, 320-pound offensive tackle from Dardanelle High in Ark., grew up a fan of the Arkansas Razorbacks, and after he received an offer from the university he wasted little time in making a commitment.

"I think it is every Arkansas high school player's dream to play for the Razorbacks, so I was a fan growing up," Hall said of his love for the program. "The main thing that stuck out to me was how they are like a family. The coaches really like each and care for each other, and they love their players like family."

"I have also grown really close to Coach (Mike) Markuson. He is the coach that is recruiting me. I talk to him every time he is allowed to with in the regulations. We have just gotten to become good friends."

Hall was one of the many in-state prospects who were on campus this weekend for the football recruiting Junior Day, and he had a great time talking with fellow recruits and getting to know the coaching staff even better.

"It was great," Hall informed. "It gave me the chance to see some of the other top players who are going to be in my class. There were quite a few of the top players from the state of Arkansas."

"I have gotten to know Terrence Bobo and we have become pretty good friends. We always go to the same events, and we enjoy playing against each other."

"They took us to see everything while we were there," Hall continued. "We saw the school cafeteria, the stadium, the dorms, and the workout facilities. It was a good visit."

"I also got the chance to meet a couple of the coaches that I was not as familiar with, and now I am really comfortable with the whole staff."

Hall appreciated the atmosphere of the basketball game, but to a top football prospect that experience probably pales to the atmosphere in Fayetteville on game day.

"Everyone in the state is ready for the Hogs on Saturday morning," Hall explained of the atmosphere on a game day. "It is really loud in the stadium at Fayetteville. I think it is a great place to be."

"I have also gone to games in Little Rock. It is also a nice experience. It is not as loud as the stadium in Fayetteville, but it is still a nice place to be."

There were a number of top prospects on hand at the U.S. Army Junior Combine that was held in San Antonio in early January, but there were not many as formidable as Hall, who is a mammoth lineman whose physique reminds you of a linebacker.

"It was a good experience," Hall explained. "It gave me the opportunity to see where I am at with some of the countries best players. There was a lot of skill and competition there."

It is hard to believe that a kid from Arkansas could grow up a fan of the New York Jets, but that is exactly who Hall roots for on Sunday. He also tries to pattern some of his game on the gridiron after one of the Jets most dominating players.

"I actually grew up watching Kevin Mawae," Hall began. "He played center for the Jets. That is actually who I grew up rooting for. He always gives it his all on the field."

"My biggest strength is the fact that I am really strong. I always stay a couple of hours after everyone at school and continue to lift weights and run. I am going to try my hardest to out work people. I think that gives me an edge."

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