The biggest Arkansas High School All-Star on Friday night was actually a little smaller than he used to be.
University of Arkansas offensive line signee Matt Hall (6-9, 300) of Russellville has actually toned himself up and lost some weight since he and other 2008 recruits arrived on campus this summer.
"We have all been working real hard, running together, lifting weights and really just working hard to get ready for the season," said Hall, who knows this will be a redshirt season for him. "It's been fun working together and moving toward a common goal."
Hall was offered a scholarship before his junior season and was actually around 330 pounds at the time. He played at 315 this season and is now an even 300.
"The workouts are really different," Hall said. "They kind of break you down and show you what you have been doing wrong and then pick you back up again and showing you how to get stronger. I weigh 3-solid now. And I am 6-9, 6-9 ½."
In addition to the physical workouts, Hall said they newcomers are really hitting the playbook.
"It's tough," Hall said. "There are a lot of different formations, schemes that are different. It takes a lot to learn but we are working on doing that every day."
Hall was one of just a few UA signees that decided to play in the all-star game, but he says that the Razorback coaches didn't dissuade the signees from playing.
"They were definitely for us to play if we wanted to," Hall said. "I just wanted to try and help out this team."
He understands why some of his college teammates chose not to do so.
"Some of the other guys that I talked to wanted to stay with the (Arkansas) team and do more of the workouts," Hall said. "It's really been a good week getting to play for my old high school. I wanted to have fun and that is what I got out of this."
The only downside was the West's 62-23 pummeling of Hall's East squad.
"It was all for fun, last high school game and all that," Hall said. "I just wished we could have beaten them."
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