Chamblee (Ga.) offensive tackle Hamilton Hall didn’t have power-five offers entering the spring evaluation period, but once college assistants sized him up and watched him move, he started generating significant attention. The 6-foot-6, 320-pounder has added Indiana, Mississippi State and Maryland in the last couple weeks, to go along with previous looks from Georgia State, UCF, Toledo and a couple others. Plus, Hall’s been hearing from schools such as UNC, Ohio State, LSU and more, all of which have stopped by Chamblee to see him.
The Maryland offer was the Georgian’s latest verbal, coming in May 16 courtesy of offensive coordinator Walt Bell.
“I thought it was a great offer. Coach Bell came by [May 16] and Coach [Andy] Buh, who recruits my area, came by two weeks ago. So I had a feeling something was coming,” Hall said. “Then an hour after I met Coach Bell my head coach told me I had an offer. It was a great feeling to know they thought enough to offer me.”
Hall has only been in contact with the two Maryland assistants for a couple weeks. But they’re in the process of developing a relationship.
“I’m just getting to know those guys, but they seem like good coaches and good people,” Hall said. “They told me I had good feet, they liked how adept I was on the field, and they what they saw [on film].”
The big tackle said he’s in the process of planning a summer visit to College Park, Md. He’s researched the program a bit and said it has his attention.
“I want to see what the campus is like in person and meet all the coaches,” Hall said.
“I know they’re building new facilities and that Under Armour is helping them out. On the academic side they’re pretty good with that. They’re a top [public school] university. I was pretty impressed with that as well.”
Considering Maryland is one of Hall’s larger suitors, he said the Terps are “pretty high on my list” for now. But he acknowledge he has to delve deeper into the program, as well as evaluate his other options and any other offers that may materialize.
“After evaluating things with my parents, looking at how things go the rest of this [spring] and into my senior year, I’ll where things are. I’m still getting talked to by other colleges,” Hall said. “I have to consider everything and make sure I make the best decision.
“But as of right now, in terms of my current offers, I would probably say Mississippi State, Indiana and Maryland were three big-time offers. But I’m also looking at UCF, Georgia State and a couple others. I’m not necessarily looking at which program is bigger; it’s more about who can offer me the most by coming to their school.”
Hall said he doesn’t have any dream offers or schools he has a “keen eye” on.
“For me, it’s mainly about who really wants me and who thinks I can really help their program,” Hall said. “I’m looking at the big picture: Who really wants me, the all-around aspect of the campus and the feel of it, how the coaches are, the chemistry of the team, and how the classes are.”
Hall has been able to visit Georgia, UNC, NC State, Clemson, Alabama and Tennessee thus far. He’s unsure where he’ll be able to get to this summer as he wants to see what offers come in the rest of the spring, and then discuss the matter with his parents.
Hall doesn’t have a timetable for selecting a college either.
“I’m not sure about a commitment yet. I have to see all my options first and then see where things stand,” Hall said. “I don’t know if I’ll commit early, or take official visits and then commit after that.”