Maryland secured post-grad defensive lineman Oseh-Lie Saine (Worcester Academy/Worcester, Mass.) Jan. 17, and the Terps remain in solid shape for Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.) defensive end Austrian Robinson, but it sounds like the staff covets even more trenchmen to round out their 2015 recruiting class.
The Terps have offered defensive end/tackle Robert Windsor (Fon Du Lac/Fond Du Lac, Wisc.), who was scheduled to officially visit College Park, Md., Jan. 30. before landing a Wisconsin offer, and now they reportedly have another scholarship out to Murphy (Mobile, Ala.) defensive end Mose Hall.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hall has been in contact with UMD area recruiter Chad Wilt for a few weeks, and Maryland’s defensive line coach even visited Murphy High Jan. 15 when the open period resumed.
Now, apparently, the firm offer is on the table.
“I’ve been talking to Maryland for a good minute now, and my head coach here just told me he heard from [Wilt] that the Terps had offered, and then Coach Wilt messaged me that I had it too,” said Hall, who holds offers from Wake Forest, Minnesota and now UMD. “I’m going to be talking to Coach Wilt on the phone to find out more, but it’s good to know I’ll have that offer. That’s a big one for me, and I was waiting for it. I wasn’t sure they were going to offer unless I went out there [for a visit], so it’s good to know they want me. [The offer] shows they really want me there.”
Hall tentatively set up a Jan. 30 UMD official previously, and now he said the trip will come to fruition. After discussing it with his parents, the idea is to see College Park, Md., for the first time in a couple weeks and then select his college destination shortly thereafter.
“I was thinking about committing like right after I took my visit to Minnesota [Jan. 23-25], but now I’m not so sure about that,” Hall said. “I might have to change things up a little bit. The Maryland offer kind of changes some things for me, and I’d like to see them now. I really want to visit [Maryland] and see what it’s like out there.”
The Alabama edge rusher has had an opportunity to research the Terps since Wilt first came into contact with him. He said the program intrigues him, and he knows there’s opportunities there – both on and off the field.
“I know Maryland needs D-linemen and they’re looking for guys like me to come in and contribute,” Hall said. “I like how they play a 3-4, since that’s the scheme I play in here [at Murphy]. Coach Wilt, he was telling me about how they do things there, how much he likes me, and how I’m needed there. He’s a really chill guy, and I like him. We talk like every other day online, and I like him. He’s coming to visit me and my family [Jan. 19], so I’m looking forward to that.
“One cool thing [Wilt] was telling me about Maryland is it’s right around Washington, D.C., and there’s a lot of student-athletes who get internships there. They have that Under Armour connection, and a lot of the students get a chance to work there, so I think that’s pretty cool.”
The Terps aren’t the only player in Hall’s recruitment, however. The Murphy end just officially visited Wake Forest Jan. 16-18, and has a Minnesota trip scheduled Jan. 23-25.
“Wake Forest was cool; I liked it. I liked how it was in a small town,” Hall said. “The football program, I think it’s on the come-up, and the coaches were really cool too. Everyone there seemed really excited about the direction they’re heading. I really liked the medical school they have there too, since that’s something I’m interested in.”
Minnesota was originally considered Hall’s leader, but he’s since backed off those comments. That’s not to say the Gophers still don’t hold prime appeal, however.
“I can’t really say I have a favorite yet, because I have to see all these schools. My opinions can change,” Hall said. “Like, after seeing Wake, I’m really liking them now. So we’ll see what Minnesota is like and what Maryland is like next. I still really like Minnesota and what they’re all about, so I’m looking forward to going out there [Jan. 23].”
Hall said coaches from the Deacons, Gophers and Terps visited Murphy last week. And in addition to hosting Wilt Jan. 19, Hall noted that assistants from Wake and now Vanderbilt will be in to see him at some point in the next few days. Hall does not hold an offer from Vandy, but said one could materialize after the in-home.
“We’ll just have to see how things go,” Hall said. “I’m still open and taking all of this in, and thinking it all through.”
Hall is coming off a season where he racked up 100 tackles and five sacks. This is what he told Terrapin Times following a previous interview:
“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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