While acknowledging that the move from Dardanelle to Russellville was a tough choice to make, Matt Hall already feels at home with the Cyclones.
Hall (6-10, 320), an offensive lineman who was the University of Arkansas' first of 20 commitments for 2008, has immersed himself with his new program and teammates.
"It's been going great for me," Hall said of the move that happened over the summer. "The move was hard, but it was the right choice. I am very excited about being at Russellville and improving every day and the coaches and my teammates have been great to me."
Russellville finished up two-a-days on Friday and is now pointing toward its season opener at Morrilton on August 31.
Although he hasn't gone up against another team yet, Hall came already see the difference in Class 4A and Class 7A.
"I can already tell that while Russellville doesn't have it's biggest line ever, they are much quicker than anything I saw at any time last season," Hall said. "We have a bunch of quick, speedy types that can really play and are helping me get better at that part of my game and getting me more ready for college."
Russellville has long been a pass-happy bunch so Hall is refining that portion of his game as well.
"They move their offensive linemen around a lot more, run a lot more screens and stuff like that," Hall said. "So that's been different, but obviously something I needed to be working on for college anyway."
Hall is thrilled with how well Arkansas' recruiting is going as evidenced by a record 20 commitments in early August.
"The coaches are doing an amazing job and we are going to have a heck of a class," Hall said. "Our class is going to be amazing and I think all of them see what a great future Arkansas has."
Included in the class are two other committed offensive linemen in Alabama's Josh Tatum (6-5, 315) and Fort Smith Northside's Austin Eoff (6-5, 305).
"Austin and I have become pretty good friends and talk on the telephone," Hall said. "I was really happy that he got offered. He was moving people around at the Arkansas camp so I thought he would."
Hall is expected a great season for Russellville this campaign.
"We have great coaches and great players," Hall said. "I really think this is going to be an exciting year and I am happy I am in Russellville to enjoy it."
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