There have been a few new defensive line targets cropping up on Maryland’s radar with Signing Day nearing, including former Oklahoma pledge Tyrell Jacobs (Archbishop Rummel/Metairie, La.), Fond Du Lac (Wisc.) defensive end Robert Windsor and Murphy (Mobile, Ala.) defensive end Mose Hall. Jacobs and Hall are both scheduled to officially visit College Park, Md., in January, while Windsor is at least considering making the trek East.
The Louisiana product Jacobs may be a Missouri lean at this point, but the Terps could have a better shot at pulling in the late-emerging Hall, a 6-foot-4, 245 pounder who just picked up his first two FBS offers in late fall.
“I have been offered by Minnesota and Wake Forest, and Maryland just came into the picture like a week ago and could be offering too,” Hall said. “I’m planning on visiting all three schools in January: Wake Forest on the 17th, Minnesota on the 23rd and Maryland on the 30th . I also have a couple smaller offers, but those are the three schools I’m focusing on.”
Hall said he first came in contact with Maryland area recruiter Chad Wilt right before Christmas, and the two have exchanged several messages on-line. The Alabama product mentioned how initially Wilt just wanted to touch base and collect his coach’s and mother’s contact number, but in subsequent correspondences the Terps’ defensive line coach began to express interest.
“Coach Wilt, he said he likes me and he liked my highlight tape,” Hall said. “He said he was showing it to their head coach [Randy Edsall], and would get back to me about an offer. I was actually trying to contact [Wilt] today [Dec. 30] to see where I stood with him, but I know they’re in a bowl game and could be busy. I plan on talking to them when they get back, though, and hopefully I’ll find out something then. I think once I go out there [to College Park, Md.] they’ll offer me.”
Hall doesn’t know too much about UMD yet, but he has done some initial research. He’s also in the process of developing a rapport with Wilt.
“I think [Wilt] is pretty cool. We were talking on Twitter a little bit, and he thinks I can fit into their defensive scheme real well,” Hall said. “He was saying how they need help on the D-line, and how I could come in and maybe not start or anything, but maybe play early there.
“Then I saw how they did pretty good this year in the Big Ten. I watched some of their highlights, and I did see that they run a 3-4 [scheme], and that’s the defense that I’m used to. That’s something I like about them. I’ll find out more when I get out there.”
That is, if he gets out there. Hall admitted Minnesota, which offered all the way back in October, is his leader. He said he does want to take all three of his intended officials, but hinted his recruitment could end earlier if the Gophers’ trip really wows him.
“Yeah, [Minnesota] is the leader. I love the program, the coaches, and they were my first big offer, so that really showed me they wanted me,” Hall said. “They really like me, they think I’m a good pass rusher, and they think I can be switched into a run stopper at D-tackle too if that’s where I fit best. They like how I run, how I move and how I work on the field. And the coaches like my personality a lot and think I’d be a great fit there as far as my character goes.”
Before he takes in Minnesota, though, Hall will trip to Winston Salem, N.C. Wake Forest offered in late November and also has the Murphy prospect’s eye.
“ I really like Wake too. I actually think they want me more than the other schools, because they need me the most,” Hall said. “They’re losing a lot of D-ends and have only two returners next year. If I went there I’d have a chance to get playing time right away. So that’s something that sticks out about Wake.”
Hall said his tentative plan is to visit his three frontrunners and then announce his college intentions on Feb. 4. But, as aforementioned, Hall acknowledged that “I know who my favorite is.”
Hall is coming off a season where he racked up 100 tackles and five sacks.
“I kind of see myself as a three-technique in college, because, to me, that’s where I work the best,” he said. “But I know most likely I’ll fit at the five-technique spot just because of how long I am. A lot of these [coaches] like me as a pass rusher on the outside, so they’re talking about D-end, but we’ll see. I just want to get on the field and contribute.”
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