Northside (Roanoke, Va.) two-way junior lineman Chance Hall has one significant game ahead of him, to say the least. At 13-1, Hall's squad is headed to the class 3A state championship game this weekend against James Monroe, a spread, pass-first squad that should give Northside all it can handle.
"We've had a real good year, but now we have to finish the job," said Hall, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound two-way lineman. "It should be a really good game. We're really excited about it."
Hall, for his part, has done everything he can on both sides of the line. He was mainly a defensive player prior to this year, but now he's lining up on offense too, and the results have been relatively positive.
"I'm getting a way better push on both sides," Hall said. "I'm doing a lot better on offense right now, just with my technique and getting off the ball. I don't think I'm great yet, but I've done well. Defense is my strong point, but I'm getting there offensively."
Even so, the Northside trenchman said many college programs are recruiting him as an offensive guard, but a select few want him on the defensive line. He currently holds offers from Maryland, North Carolina, Duke, Virginia and Old Dominion, and all but the Blue Devils and Tar Heels like him on defense. He said ODU and UMD offered him for the D-line, while UVA said he could go either way. Penn State, a program that's monitoring him closely, likes him on defense as well.
"The position really doesn't matter to me," Hall said. "I really just want to go to a program where I can contribute and make an impact."
While numerous schools are keeping tabs on Hall, he said the only programs that have stopped by Northside during the open period were North Carolina and Maryland. Neither school spoke to him directly, but they did talk to his head coach.
"I know Maryland likes me a lot," Hall said. "I've stayed in touch with Coach [Andre] Powell, my recruiter, and he always tells me what's up. Every now and then I hit him up, and he lets me know what's going on with Maryland. He asks me how I'm doing in school, he asks how practice is going, and he asks about our next opponent. It's a good relationship."
Hall has visited College Park, Md., three times, and he's becoming quite familiar with the campus. His most recent trip was to the UMD-Boston College bout, the Terps' senior day and home finale. Maryland lost on a last-second field goal, but that didn't diminish the Terps in Hall's eyes.
"I actually really enjoyed just being out there, in the atmosphere and being around the coaches," Hall said. "I didn't get to stay the whole game because my parents were really cold, and I was too, but it was enjoyable. I talked to Coach Powell and [former UMD coach Greg] Gattuso before the game, and that was good. It was a real good experience."
The Virginia lineman went on to say that he's "very high" on Maryland and likes the school a good amount. He said the academics stand out, as well as the direction of the program. The fact that Maryland is going to a bowl game and next year entering the Big Ten only makes the Terps a more attractive option.
"In general I really like Maryland. I like their academic outlook and how that comes first," Hall said. "And I like the campus, and I like Coach [Randy] Edsall. He's all about academics -- he's like the mother hen of academics, and he's on everybody.
"And actually my dad, he was friends with [Edsall's] brother, so there's a connection there.. [Edsall's] brother used to work at the school I used to go to, Burton, and [Edsall and I] talked about that. It's been real good with them."
Hall plans to return to College Park at some point this offseason, likely for a junior day. During the fall, he was able to attend games at Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia and North Carolina, in addition to Maryland. But he said none of the programs really stood out, and he was mainly just taking in each experience.
"I know I'd like to see UNC again, I'd like to get back to Maryland, and then maybe UVA and Ohio State," Hall said. "But right now every school is equal to me. I don't have any leaders or anything. Once I get done my season I'll look more into that and what visits I'll be taking."
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