K-State Goes After Speedster

MANHATTAN, Kan. - In the game of football speed is the one thing you cannot teach. Either you have it or you do not and Marcus Hall out of St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace, La.has plenty to spare. Cats extend offer and Hall updates his status.....

Marcus Hall is coming off a prolific junior season at St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace, La. As a junior, Hall had 2,330 all-purpose yards with 30 touchdowns. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound running back is currently up to three Division 1 offers as he looks to a big follow-up senior season.

"This summer I played in a lot of 7-on-7's with my team," Marcus Hall said. "I went to camps at Southeastern (Louisiana), Louisiana Tech, and Oregon. I've been offered by Southeastern, (Louisiana) Tech and Kansas State."

The Kansas State offer was extended by Michael Smith when he visited the New Orleans area in early summer. He also offered Comet teammate, Jeffrey Hall.

"They (Kansas State) are probably my first choice right now," Hall said. "I'm going to look at the three schools and start narrowing down my choices. I'm leaning towards Kansas State, but I don't want to commit too early without having made a visit.

"I'm planning on going up there to look at the campus with my parents after the season. In fact my Dad recently called Coach Smith about going up there for a game. It's a school Jeffrey and I are both seriously considering."

Hall made 2A All-State as a junior by the LSWA. The Times-Picayune selected Hall as All-Metro in the Greater New Orleans area. He was also chosen All-District by the coaches at running back and return specialist.

"In the off-season I've gotten a lot stronger," Hall said. "Being a small guy I had to so I don't get beaten up during the game. Adding about 10 to 15 pounds should help me between the tackles.

"I've worked on my hands because I want to be an all-around player, not just a running back. So, I'll play some slot receiver for us. My game is built on quickness and speed with good field vision. The return game is where I can be very dangerous."

Hall ran a 4.5 flat 40-yard dash at Louisiana Tech during the summer. The Comets finished their 2010 season at 12-2 with a loss in the 2A semifinals to Evangel. It was their second straight 12-2 season.

"I just want to help the team out in any way I can," Hall stated. "We have a good team coming back. I hope we can make it to the Dome."

Hall (No. 4) began starting at St. Charles Catholic as a sophomore although he was injured a good portion of that season. Out of his 2,330 all-purpose yards, he gained 1,526 on carries out of the backfield. His goal is to top 2,000 this year and then start looking at potential colleges.

"For me it's all about finding the right environment," said Hall on his college decision. "I'm not worried about the coaching staff. I feel like I can take coaching from anybody. I want to meet some of the teachers, the people around campus, and see how I fit in."

Hall has competed in basketball, track, and plans on joining the power lifting team this spring. The Comets will face East St. John in the Ed Reed River Parishes Jamboree. Their first game will come a week after with a trip to Pensacola, Fla. to meet Tate High School.

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