18 CA ATH Nikko Hall Calls Michigan State, “My Leader”
If nothing changes it seems more than likely that 2018 four-star wide receiver Nikko Hall will be wearing the Michigan State dark green and white uniform when he reaches the college level.
“[Michigan State] is still my leader,” Hall told Spartan Nation. “They’re just winners.”
The Calabasas, CA native is interested in leaving the sunshine and beaches for the winters in the Midwest, because he thinks it will help him mature.
“[Moving] helps you grow up as a man,” Hall told Spartan Nation. “Michigan State is a hard school with a lot of tradition and a physical football team.”
Hall was planning on waiting to make his decision on his birthday on Oct. 1, but feels ready to make his decision soon after a recent visit to University of Southern California (USC).
Hall has received offers from other large schools such as Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oregon, USC and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Hall has a few connections at Nebraska as his former teammates, quarter back Tristan Gebbia and wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr., are both committed to the Cornhuskers. Hall likes the idea of Nebraska’s heavy recruitment of players from his home state.
“The coaches are trying to get a lot of California players to get them back on the map,” Hall told Spartan Nation. “I think that’s a good idea.”
Hall also stated that he was interested in USC after their recent Rose Bowl Victory and head coach Clay Helton. UCLA is an option as Hall and current Bruin quarter back Josh Rosen are former class mates.
Hall is also interested in the fast play found at Oregon and the idea of being rivals with Nebraska if he attends Wisconsin.
The first thing that stands out about the 6-foot-2 wide out is his ability to catch. Ever since he was little, Hall was always playing catch with his father with whatever ball they could find. Per his dad, Hall would rarely drop a pass.
Hall also displays a toughness on the field that is sometimes hard to find at the position. He is not afraid to go out and make a block if he needed. He credits a lot of that toughness to the roughhousing he would do with his older brother.
“My brother and I would always fight and wrestle growing up,” Hall told Spartan Nation. “It just carried over onto the field.”
Combine all that with his initial burst and you have the makings of an impact player. Hall has worked with his wide receiver coach and trainer at Calabasas High School to maximize his burst in a few ways. He said that they work on how to start off a route, first thing to do before a catch and the first thing to do after a catch.
While he does not get the opportunity often, Hall enjoys getting the chance to make impact in the return game. He can take it to the house with his ability to see crease and hit it.
“I have a different vision when I get the ball,” Hall told Spartan Nation. “I see a hole, make a move and hit it.”
Not only is Hall a stellar athlete, but he shows he cares about his school work as he currently holds a 3.2 grade-point average.
Hall’s family has been nothing but supportive of his decision process. They care about his decision as his father, aunt and even grandmother all love watching college football. Every Saturday, they all watch ESPN’s College Gameday together.
“They are very excited for this opportunity that I’m given to play for these great colleges,” Hall told Spartan Nation. Stay tuned for the latest from this CA star as Spartan Nation will continue the updates.