Player Spotlight: Jeffrey Hall
"It's the first time I've played it," said Jeffrey Hall on the new position. "At a Nike Camp in Houston, I got some coaching up. I listen, and I'm a quick learner. I had a good camp and only allowed one reception. It's going to take time, but I learned a lot in spring ball. In the spring game I made a pick-6 and had five tackles."
Hall, 5-foot-11, 173-pounds, has two offers so far from Southeastern Louisiana and Kansas State. They both came in group form as this St. Charles team has four outstanding senior prospects which also includes Marcus Hall, La'Jaylin Smith and Lazedrick Thompson.
"It was two Wednesdays ago when Michael Smith came to our spring practice," said Hall. It happened the same way with my offer to Southeastern [Louisiana]. They came in and offered all four of us."
Lazedrick Thompson has since committed to Tulane, but the other three are still open. Hall says he's hoping to learn more about the Kansas State program.
"It's a real nice school," said Hall of Kansas State. "Marcus (a running back) and I like the way they run their offense. I've been researching the program on the internet. They like me as an athlete on either side of the ball. I'm going to try to take a visit this summer. I've just got to work it in with my baseball and football schedule."
A new wave of offers could come as he's hearing from a number of programs which could cause him to revise his summer schedule. Many coaches are anxious to get Hall on campus in person and see how he does at defensive back.
"I'm planning on going to Tennessee's camp in July with Gerron Borne," Hall said. "Mike Lucas, the head coach at Southeastern (LA), called three days ago. He's showing a lot of interest, so I'm going to try to make their camp. Jay Sawvel from Minnesota came to practice, and he said he liked me a lot. I'm hearing from Tim Rebowe at ULL and Bryan Applewhite at ULM. I went to a Junior Day at Ole Miss and liked it a lot there. I'm also hearing from Arkansas and Penn State. I'd love to go to all of them, but can't do too much. It's team first with me."
The St. Charles Catholic Comets return a good amount of experience form a 12-2 team that reached Louisiana's 2A state semifinal game a year ago. While Hall missed some action with a torn meniscus and played through the season at less than 100-percent, he still put up big numbers on kick returns with two returned for touchdowns, one for 99 yards.
"We just have to take it one game at a time," said Hall of the 2011 season. "Our goal is to have a dream season at 15-0. We know if we do that it means we won state. I want to have 10 picks on the year. I know it's a high number, but I'm up for the challenge."
Hall, also a gifted baseball player, hit .453 and five home runs playing center field for the Comets baseball team. He plans to play on a summer team and his senior season, but will concentrate on football at the college level.
"If I could, I'd love to play both," Hall said, "but I wanted to major in Chemical Engineering, so that's probably not an option. My focus is on academics in college because when I get older I want to make money.
"On the athletic side, I just want to see how I fit in and can help the program. I want coaches who push me to be better. I like to be pushed to get the best out of me. My Mom tells me which schools she likes, but it's going to be my choice. I'll probably make my decision after the season because I want to see how I do at cornerback."
LaPlace is just 25 miles west of the city of New Orleans. Hall reports good academic standing at St. Charles Catholic and a 23 scored on the ACT. He wears jersey No. 6 for the football Comets coached by Frank Monica. Hall was named All-District second team as a junior.
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