TX OL Chris Hall Still Considering Other Options

Chris Hall (6-5, 275)made a verbal commitment to SMU during his sophmore in high school. Now, after receiving multiple offers (including from Iowa), is Hall still a solid commitment to SMU? Hall talks about that, as well as some very strong comments about the Univeresity of Iowa's tradition at putting offensive linemen into the NFL.

Hall knew the question was coming, and it had to be asked. Is he still committed to SMU?

"I'm committed, but I've let the SMU coaches know that I'm going to check out some of my options," said Hall. "It is not like I'm going behind their back, but I owe it to myself to check out some of these programs."

Hall, who holds offers from UTEP, also konws it will be tough to tell the SMU coaches he is going elsewhere.

"My brother, Zach, will be a red-shirt freshman middle linebacker there this year, and my former teammate, tight end Vincent Chase, is the guy I lined up alongside for the past couple years. His brother, Bobby, is a wide receiver there so I have a lot ties to the school."

There are four schools that Hall plans to check out, including a visit he will make this Thursday to Stillwater, Texas Tech in early August, and has tenative plans to make official visits to both Florida and Iowa.

One visit already made was to Austin, Texas.

"I took a visit there this summer because they asked me to come down. They informed me they would only be signing 15 guys in this class, including two offensive lineman, but that I was on their board. I know they've offered Youngblood out of Houston, and I'm probably #2 or #3 on their board after him. I grew up a Longhorn fan, my family is all Longhorn fans, and that is the program we've always followed so I certainly have interest."

What are Hall's current thoughts on the other four programs currently under consideration?

Oklahoma State: "Stillwater is a cool town, and the program is on the rise. They have beat the Big 12 champs the past two years, and they run an offense similar to ours here at Irving."

Texas Tech: "They are a top three school in this state. They score a ton of points, and it would be cool to play in that type of offensive system. Coach (Mike) Leach is a player's coach, and the entire side of West Texas is devoted to Texas Tech football. There is nothing else there besides the Red Raiders."

Florida: "Florida is Florida, all you have to do is look back at Coach Spurrier and the tradition that has been built there. The swamp is unbelievable, and it is now built to hold over 90,000 people. They also have Chris Leak there."

Iowa: "Iowa is the best place in the nation for an offensive lineman to attend. They continue to put guys in pros every year. They are another program on the rise, having just been Big 10 champs two years ago, and who wouldn't want to attend a prestigous Big 10 program like Iowa?"

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