Safety Hall gearing up for Louisville visit

Rashard Hall, a talented safety from St. Augustine, Florida, will make his first official visit to Louisville this weekend to watch the Cardinals face Pittsburgh and see what Steve Kragthorpe's program has to offer.

Rashard Hall, a talented safety from St. Augustine, Florida, will make his first official visit to Louisville this weekend to watch the Cardinals face Pittsburgh and see what Steve Kragthorpe's program has to offer.

"I'm real excited about that (visit)," Hall told Scout.com recently. "That'll probably be my only official visit during the season. They offered me and they've been recruiting me from the beginning."

Hall has consistently listed Louisville as one of his favorites for the past few months. He recently made an unofficial visit to Clemson, but doesn't have an offer currently from the Tigers. He also appears to be interested in Big East powers West Virginia and South Florida.

"The others I'm looking hard at right now are Mississippi State, Maryland, West Virginia, and Ball State," Hall said. "Those are ones who have offered and that I talk to a lot. I don't have a leader. There are some others who could be on there but haven't offered me yet -- like Clemson, South Carolina, Illinois, Georgia Tech. Those schools call me too but just haven't offered for whatever reason yet."

St. Augustine coach Joey Wiles believes Louisville has just as good a shot to land his standout as anybody else.

"I think Louisville is right up there with everybody else," said Wiles. "I don't think Rashard has one favorite right now. I think Louisville, West Virginia, Clemson – those three – South Florida is in the mix."

Hall, who plays on both sides of the football as a wide receiver and safety, has helped guide St. Augustine to a 6-1 record so far this season. The Scout.com two-star prospect has seven total touchdowns and four interceptions, including a pair against Nease, this year.

"He's having a great year," Wiles said. "I would place him in the league with some of the best players we've ever had here. He's been that dominant. I'd compare him a lot to Quentin Hancock that's at Tennessee right now. They are the same kind of player. They're both about 6'3, 190 and he's having that kind of year."

Though he's enjoying success on offense for his high school, Wiles said his future at the next level will be on defense.

"He'll play safety," Wiles said. "Obviously his height is something that you can't coach. He's a great basketball player so he can really get up when the ball is up in the air and goes and gets it. He's a physical player. And the fact that he plays wide out helps him in the secondary as well."

Louisville has struggled in the secondary this season and safety is a need position for the Cardinals in this recruiting class. That could play a factor in Hall's recruitment. With senior safeties Jon Russell and Deon Palmer slated to graduate, early playing time could be available for Hall at Louisville.

"I'll sit down after my visits and see where I fit in the best," he said. "I'm looking at the coaching staffs and of course where I can get early playing time."

Wiles said he anticipates Hall will take his allotment of visits before he's ready to make a decision.

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