Top Arizona QB includes BYU in Top 3 list

BYU recruit <b>Max Hall</b>, arguably the top quarterback recruit in Arizona this year, received nothing short of a ringing endorsement from former Arizona State and Dallas Cowboys quarterback great <b>Danny White</b> -- currently a head coach in the professional Arena Football League.

"He's infinitely better than I was. He's got a quicker, stronger release," White said in a newspaper interview for The Arizona Republic newspaper.

We should point out Hall is Danny White's nephew and his comments should be evaluated with that in mind. However, those who have seen Hall in action tend to agree wholeheartedly with White's evaluation of his nephew.

Hall burst onto the Arizona football scene last year, leading the Toros of Mesa Mountain View to a 14-0 record. He finished the season with 25 touchdown passes, 2,355 yards passing and was named to the All-State team. Hall topped off his junior season by leading the Toros to a 50-8 drubbing of Ironwood in the 5A State Championship game.

Asked which colleges top his list of favorites, Hall said "I've been offered by three schools -- BYU, Washington State and Arizona State. Those are the schools I'm really looking at. I'm also going over to San Diego State's camp in July and that's really it."

When asked about any potential influence that White may have on his choice of schools, Hall noted "Danny's my uncle, but he's not pushing me to go to ASU or anything. He'll support me wherever I go."

In the same newspaper interview Danny White's father, Wilford "Whizzer" White, a legendary ASU tailback, also commented on Hall's abilities as a quarterback.

"I've been amazed at his maturity. He reminds me of Danny a lot, more from the mental part of it. He's really a student of the game."

Meanwhile, Hall is BYU bound this weekend to participate in week two of BYU's summer camp which begins Monday.

"I'm heading up there on Sunday. I'm taking my three receivers up there with me (from Mesa Mountain View High)-- Drew Mugleston, Spencer Perkinson and Brendon McGowan. They're all awesome receivers."

Hall also confirmed he has been in contact with the BYU coaching staff.

"I've talked with the BYU coaches, mainly Tidwell. They seem like they're all nice guys. I like talking to them and they have nothing but nice things to say. I'm looking forward to getting up there and meeting them in person," Hall said.

Mesa Mountain View is a powerhouse program that has produced several top quarterbacks over the years, including current BYU quarterback John Beck. Hall remembers watching Beck play while he was at Mountain View.

"I used to go and watch John when I was a little kid. He was like my idol. It was like, yeah, that's what I want to be some day. I think he threw 42 touchdowns his senior year."

Hall, who is LDS, is also planning to serve an LDS mission. As for the timing, Hall explained: "I turn 19 on October 30 of next year. I'll think I'll do whatever the school wants me to do. If they want me to redshirt a year and then go, or if they just want me to leave, I'm still not sure."

He told he expects to decide on a school soon.

"The plan right now is to make a decision before the season this year. I was just talking to my coach and to my dad and we thought that would be the best way to go. I play basketball, too, and after football season I wouldn't have a lot of time to go on visits and deal with the recruiting stuff, so we decided it would just be better to get it out of the way."

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