Nikko Hall, one of the top athletes out West, has decided to shut down his recruitment and will make his college choice later this week.
"I'm ready," Hall said. "I feel the timing is right and I want to start focusing on other things and not have to worry about recruiting. I also want to lock in my spot and make sure I don't lose out so that's why I decided to do it on Friday."
Hall told us just two weeks ago that Michigan State was his leader and he planned to visit later this summer. However, after a weekend visit to USC, it sounds like the Trojans could be tough to beat.
"It was a great visit, I liked it a lot," Hall said. "The practice was real intense. It was amazing to see how locked in the players and coaches were during practice. They really have a winning culture at USC right now.
"I met with Coach Helton and Tee Martin and they told me how much they want me. They said, 'we need you here, we need you to be a Trojan, your skill set is what we want here.' They gave me the choice if I want to play offense or defense but I think more so receiver is where they want me."
Of the schools on his short list, USC is the only one Hall has visited so far.
"I'm not sure if I'll take any other visits after I commit," Hall said. "I haven't decided yet but right now, I'm just focusing on my decision. It will be Friday afternoon when I put it out. I discussed it will my family and I'm excited to get it done."
Hall is one of the more versatile players in the West region and is a high level prospect on both sides of the ball. He can play receiver as well as free safety and has the talent to be a difference maker on either side. He has good size, runs well and shows good body control, being able to make catches in traffic with the athleticism to jump over similar sized defensive backs.
His upside is probably highest as a safety as he shows a lot of range, is an instinctual player and isn't afraid to come up and make a big hit on a ball carrier. He's strong in run support, a sure tackler and has the toughness to be a presence in the secondary and the athleticism to make plays on the ball.