Roanoke (Va.) Northside offensive tackle Chance Hall didn't hesitate as he reached forward and picked up the University of Tennessee hat on the table in front of him.
"I feel very relieved, and very happy to be part of the Vol family," said Hall, who also held offers from Virginia, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, and Notre Dame among others. "The past couple of days I have been thinking about it, and then mainly last night is when I had it narrowed down to Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Then I just made my decision."
The 6-foot-5, 283-pound tackle said there were several key factors that helped the Vols edge out Vanderbilt for his commitment.
"I just felt at home at Tennessee," Hall said. "I loved the coaching staff at Tennessee, and the big thing was the atmosphere at there, I just loved it."
Hall specifically talked about his relationship with offensive line coach Don Mahoney.
"He played another big role in it [my decision]," Hall said. "Wanting to play offensive line there and having talked to some of the players, they all said a lot of good things about coach [Don] Mahoney. He is just like a father figure and that was also a big part of my decision."
While the atmosphere and the coaching staff played major roles in Hall's decision, he said the most influential factor was actually incoming freshman and projected right tackle, Coleman Thomas, who is also from Hall's home state of Virginia.
"I asked him a lot of questions and we hung out when I went to the ‘Orange Carpet'," Hall said. "We've actually been in touch a lot, just talking about things. That was a big part of my decision."
So what does Hall think about the possibility of having the Volunteers offensive line anchored by two Virginia natives?
"It is awesome," Hall said. "It will be really exciting to be able to play with him."
The Vikings standout said he hopes to return to campus at some point this summer for an overnight visit, and if not, he will definitely be back for a game this fall.
Hall is a three-star prospect and the 87th-ranked offensive tackle in the 2015 class.
Hall Feels at Home at Tennessee
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