South Florida bound

After taking three visits, GCCC running back Andre Hall has decided to go home and play at South Florida. Hall, one of the nation's top JUCO running backs, was recruited by several Big 12 programs, including K-State, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State.

Despite returning impressed from a visit at Texas A&M this weekend, Andre Hall has decided to give his verbal to South Florida. 

"I did it yesterday," Hall said Monday. "It's just the best place for me, for more reasons that just football."

The decision rode heavily on his father's health in Florida where Hall enjoyed a tremendous prep career. Hall, who averaged 149 yards a game this season for Garden City Community College, said his father has never seen him play, or at least since he was eight years old. Hall is hoping that dream comes true and his father can attend a game.

"My dad is getting older and I mainly picked them because I want to be closer to help my mother out more," he said. "I just want to be with him during his last few years. Hey, I can still get me degree and play ball too, so it's just the best thing for me right now."

Hall's father, at 83 years old, requires a 20 minute drive four times a week for treatment at the Veterans Administration hospital in Tampa, something that could be relieved with Andre living in Tampa.

"He can stay with me now," he said. "I just want to help my mom out since she has to drive him every time. It costs money to do that all week, and I don't see why I can't help out now. My other siblings are grown up and out of the house, so this is real important for me to do."

Though Hall's decision seems like an easy one, debating between all the schools on his list was very hard. Hall, at 6-foot-0 200 pounds, and 4.40, expressed interest in Kansas State, Nebraska, Memphis, Troy State, and Oklahoma State, but only took official visits to TSU, S. Florida, and A&M.

However, dealing with Darren Sproles at K-State wasn't something Hall wasn't too thrilled about. He has three to play two at S. Florida.

"I just don't want to fight with Sproles for playing time," he said last month. "That guy is one of the best in the country. I'm not afraid of battling for a position, but the other schools offer more of a chance for me. I want to go where I can get in right away and contribute."


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