North Carolina's search for a third wide receiver has brought it to the suburbs of Detroit. UNC assistant coach Gunter Brewer has reached out to Jaylen Hall, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound wide receiver from Macomb (Mich.) Dakota.
"He's been talking to me, getting to know me a little bit," Hall said. "And I might be talking an official visit to North Carolina the weekend of [January] 27.
"He was telling me that he watched my tape and that he liked it. He said they were looking for a tall, outside receiver for the 2017 class. He was asking me what camps I went to."
Hall's recruitment was hampered by his junior season. He almost completely tore his LCL (Lateral collateral ligament), which forced him to miss a couple of games. When he did play, Hall was stuck in a run-oriented offense. He finished his junior campaign with 16 receptions for 315 yards and two touchdowns.
This past offseason, Dakota switched to an offense that revolved around the run-pass option. A healthy Hall caught 43 passes for 1,107 yards and 18 touchdowns.
UNC isn't the only school to take notice. Eastern Michigan and UMass have offered, while Wake Forest has also been speaking regularly to Hall. Minnesota was close to offering, according to Hall, but communication halted when head coach Tracy Claeys was fired.
Hall, who officially visited Eastern Michigan in December, has an official trip scheduled to UMass for the weekend of Jan. 20.
Given his location, Hall's UNC knowledge is understandably limited.
"I watched their receiver, Ryan [Switzer], and I really liked how he played," Hall said. "Whenever I had a chance, I watched them on TV."
With that said, if an official visit is scheduled to UNC, Hall is looking to learn a lot.
"Overall, I want to know it's a good fit for me and my family," Hall said. "I want to check out the scenery and see if it felt like home for me. I want to see how the coaching staff are and if I like the players. I want to know about the overall environment."