The Maryland staff is attempting to add a second tight end in the 2017 class, and their most recent offer went out to Zebulon Vance (Charlotte, N.C.) hybrid Jeremiah Hall. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound three-star said he heard from UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who recently stopped by Hall’s high school.
“The Maryland offer was an exciting one,” Hall said. “That’s a Big Ten school, and it was my first Big Ten offer. So that was big for me, having the opportunity to play in that competitive conference. To know a school like Maryland thought highly enough to offer me meant a lot to me. I’m just thankful to the staff and Coach Bell.”
Hall has not formed a rapport with Bell yet, but he did meet him briefly after a workout.
“Coach Bell came to my practice, and he’s the offensive coordinator at Maryland. So that was big that the guy who calls the plays and sets the offense came to see me and said he wanted me in his system,” Hall said. “I only had a chance to shake his hand, but I look forward to getting to know him better now that I have the offer.”
The Charlotte native admitted, however, that he didn’t know much about Bell’s scheme or the Terps in general. His UMD exposure was limited to a few highlights of Stefon Diggs on TV.
“I honestly don’t know much other than that Maryland plays in a competitive conference and it’s a new staff,” said Hall, who noted he’d play an H-back role at UMD. “But I do plan to visit there, meet the position coach, meet the head coach and just find out more about what the Terps are about.”
Maryland, however, is hardly the only offer that’s trickled in for the emerging Hall. During the current evaluation period he’s landed Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Oklahoma and Northwestern, while procuring interest from programs throughout the ACC and Big Ten. Those verbals were in addition to previous ones from Wake Forest, NC State, ECU, Colorado State, Appalachian State, Navy, Charlotte, Buffalo and more.
Hall said coaches from Clemson, Michigan State, UNC, NC State, Maryland, UVA, Wake Forest, Colorado State, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Syracuse and a few others have all trekked through Zebulon Vance for workouts.
“It’s a very exciting time for me knowing that so many coaches are interested in me and coming to see me,” Hall said. “The hard work is paying off. It’s like I’m getting a new offer every day now.”
So, which programs have caught the tight end’s eye thus far?
“Well, I’d say Wake Forest sort of stands out. I like that it’s close to home, I have a great relationship with the staff and the academics are great. I’ve been there once before and loved it, and I want to get back,” Hall said. “Another one I like is Northwestern because of the academics, and Maryland stands out too. Then Oklahoma was definitely a big one for me. I mainly had I-AA and lower DI schools, and then Oklahoma came in and I was like, ‘Wow.’ And then Colorado State, I like them because I’ve had a relationship with them for a long time now.”
Following the evaluation period, Hall plans to check out Oklahoma, Maryland, Wake Forest and Northwestern. He’ll also hit Stanford since his family will be vacationing near Palo Alto, Calif., this June. Hall previously saw UNC, Duke, ECU, Clemson, Wake and Appalachian State.
“I think I want to take some visits, then take a couple official visits and by like midway through my senior season I should be ready to decide on a college,” Hall said. “Right now I don’t have a top-five or top-10 because I’m still making connections and building relationships with coaches. There’s not one school or coach right now where I can say, ‘I’m definitely comfortable here and I’m going to commit early.’ I’m still researching.”
Hall is coming off a season where he caught 36 passes for 700 yards, rushed 40 times for 300 more yards and scored 11 touchdowns. He said, depending on the offense, he can play either H-back or tight end.
“And that’s one thing I’ll be watching this year on TV, how these schools that are recruiting me use their tight ends and H-backs,” Hall said. “Because I can do a little of everything -- run, catch, block, get down the field. I want to see how I’d fit into the offense.”