Hall Is One To Watch In 2011

As the recruiting seasons continues, the Blue Devils continue to work the in-state recruiting grounds very hard. One player who has caught the eye of the Duke coaching staff is Gastonia (NC) Huss defensive end Jontavian Hall. The 6'4, 220lbs defensive end prospect in the class of 2011spoke recently with TDD.

"I have spoken to Coach Lubick and I am planning to visit Duke very soon," said Jontavian Hall. "I really like what the coaches have had to say and I think there's a mutual connection there."

As a prospect to watch in the rising junior class, Hall will likely have several top programs pursuing him as the year progresses. So far he's reporting interest from North Carolina, Duke, Ohio State, West Virginia, Clemson, Florida, Marshall, East Carolina, and Notre Dame. However, it's the Blue Devils who have built a good relationship with him early on.

"They talk about how they are going to be turning it around. Every program that is on top had a turning point somewhere and I think Duke's will happen over the next five years and I want to be part of that. The coaches have been really cool. They aren't trying to sell me on anything because they know I am highly interested in Duke. The only thing they are saying is that I need to come visit the campus and see their plans.

While he's going to base his decision on a combination of education, early playing time, and his relationship with the coachs, it's worth nothing that football coaches weren't his original choice.

"Basketball has always been my dream, but I started playing football in the seventh grade. My coaches were always telling me that football would be my ticket. I would just nod my head, but I guess they knew what they were talking about. This time when they say things like that, I listen. I am going to college for football. If I can make a commitment to both I will, but if not then football really is my ticket."

Hall describes himself as a defensive end prospect who "can contain really well. I'm long and fast, and I can get to the quarterback. If I don't get the sack, I'm going to put you under pressure. I've been working to really enhance my ability to shed blockers. My weaknesses are that I sometimes gamble trying to make the big hit in the open field."

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