Gurvan Hall (Photo by Corey Bender)

Blue-chip south Florida defensive back Gurvan Hall looking to make initial visits to Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State

MIAMI -- Blue-chip defensive back prospect Gurvan Hall has ability all over a secondary and it has many programs campaigning for visits this offseason.

West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Lakes defensive back Gurvan Hall has long been a coveted prospect and the in-state power programs have been able to get him on campus in Tallahassee, Gainesville and Coral Gables, respectively.

The rising-senior claims no favorites early on in his recruitment but the familiarity of the in-state opportunities won't hurt their chances. But in the coming months the plan is to get outside Sunshine State lines to further his evaluation among well over two dozen scholarship offers.

"Hopefully I'll end up visiting ClemsonAlabamaKentuckyMississippi State...I haven't been to any of those yet," Hall said. "They liked the way I play both sides and they say I can contribute on both sides. But I'm going to end up playing defense more.

"I do whatever I want (on defense), you can't contain the D."

[Related: Hall one of three invited to Under Armour All-America Game]

Admitting a trio of offers -- Alabama, Clemson and Mississippi State's -- felt "big" at the time of the extension, those feelings fuel the grounds for the trips.

Nick Saban helicoptered in to see him in January and landed to a welcoming party of students, faculty and even some members of Hall's family at Palm Beach Lakes. 

"They are recruiting me really hard," he said. "I really enjoyed that, it was a great experience. We couldn't talk much, though.

"I just got done talking to the defensive back coach (Derrick Ansley), he just told me he wants me to come up to campus and that they would show me a great time. It will be in the summer." 

The program that edged Alabama in the last game of the season before hoisting the College Football Playoff trophy may soon host the top 20 safety on Scout.

"Coach (Mike) Reed came by the school, we watched some film and he seemed to be blown away," Hall said of Clemson. "He said he has never seen a defensive back like that. I know I need to do more, but to hear that keeps me hungry." 

MSU has been heavy on his trail, too, led by former FSU and NFL standout Terrell Buckley, who played for the local Miami Dolphins for some time.

"The Bulldogs, I don't know much, really," he said. "The defensive back coach is real good. I might go up there." 

Hall, who says these visits will help narrow his gaudy offer list, was once considering a decision before the 2017 season. It now appears his recruitment will extend beyond it.

Scout's Camp Take

The blue-chip defensive back was perhaps the most versatile defensive back on this day, making plays in man coverage on the outside as a cornerback as well as in center field as a free safety. At either spot, Hall showcased great anticipation against quarterbacks, broke on the ball well and make plays at the point of contact. In man coverage, he used his long arms to gain leverage early in routes and seldom got beat on routes down the field. Semi-local Miami (Fl)Alabama and Florida State are in solid shape early on with Hall.

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