Hall lands Irish offer
Freshman wide receiver Jalen Hall arrived in South Bend on Friday with 15 scholarship offers to his credit. The 6-foot-4, 178-pounder from Los Angeles left with another.
Hall, who was part of a large contingent of California prospects who visited Notre Dame during before heading to Chicago for the B2G 7-on-7 tournament, landed the offer after speaking with Irish head coach Brian Kelly and associate head coach/wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock.
“They actually just took me to the side so I thought it was something personal,” Hall said. “They just let me know that they liked the talent that I had and offered me. I was surprised because usually they don’t offer 2018 kids this early. I was surprised but I’m happy I got the offer. I’m just going to keep working hard.”
Kelly, who coached Hall’s uncle, Malik James, at Cincinnati, left Hall with some words of encouragement.
“He let me know that he liked my film and to just keep working and keep my grades up,” Hall said. “He said as long as I do that I’ll make it.”
Hall left South Bend with a good feel for what the Irish have to offer on the field and off of it.
“I liked the coaches and the food was even good,” he said. “I like the fact that they throw the ball enough times. I like the campus. The field was nice and the weight room was nice. Overall I liked it and had a good time.”
It helped that he already had a tie to the Irish and knew what to expect from Kelly. His uncle, who began his college career at Cincinnati in 2009 and made a stop at Nevada before ending up at Langston University before a short stint with the Dallas Cowboys, shared his perspective on Kelly.
“Of course I already heard of him because of my uncle,” Hall said of Kelly. “He said he coached him and let me know what type of coach he is. He said he’s a cool coach and he’s going to have your back if you go play for him.”
Hall’s father, Mil’Von James also played college football. He started at UCLA and finished his college career at UNLV, where he led the nation in passes defended in 2007. He played for both the Cleveland Browns in the NFL and the BC Lions in the CFL.
As a freshman, Hall recorded 62 catches for 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns.
“I catch the ball at its highest point and I run great routes,” Hall said.
Hall also has visited Baylor, Oklahoma, SMU, TCU and he plans to see several more programs in the coming months.
“This summer I think we should be visiting some more of the PAC-12 schools,” he said. “I know for sure I’ll probably be going down to Washington.”