LOVES PARK, Ill. - Jalen Hall always looks forward to when his B2GSports 7-on-7 club hits the road.
Most of the time they play tournaments local to their Southern California base. But once a year B2G heads to the Midwest for a tournament that doubles as a chance to see some college programs in the area for unofficial visits.
Last week B2G landed in Chicago for the IMG 7-on-7 Midwest Regional. First they bussed to Michigan for a visit. Over the weekend they finished runner up in the tournament, securing a place at nationals later this summer. Today they’ll roll into Notre Dame for the second straight year.
Hall, a four-star sophomore receiver, made the trek to South Bend with B2G last spring for his first look. Now he holds an Irish offer and is eager to get a closer look.
“I just want to get to know the coaches more personally,” Hall said. “Of course, especially get to know the wide receiver coach more because that’s who I’d be with if I was to go there. Just get a better feel for the school, period. When I got there I felt good. I felt like I could see myself there.”
Notre Dame is part of a crowded field for Hall, who claims no leaders at this point in the process.
Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington are just some of the scholarship offers already on the table.
Since visiting campus last summer, however, Hall feels like the Irish are a legitimate contender. Some things have stuck over in the year since that trip.
“I love the campus, love the coaches, all the facilities,” Hall said. “I liked it all. Of course, the academics. I’d be good with that because I have good grades now. That wouldn’t be a bad decision. Leaving wouldn’t be a problem either. Leaving Cali isn’t a problem.
“Everybody is talking about USC. If that’s where I fit in then I’ll go there. But if Notre Dame is where I need to be at then I’ll be there.”
There are some things Notre Dame will have to show the 6-foot-4, 183-pound prospect along with all the other suitors. Hall puts an emphasis on player development first and foremost with aspirations to play in the NFL.
“That’s what I wanna do,” Hall said. “I wanna go to college then I want to make it to the league. Knowing that I’m putting my life in somebody else’s hands to make me a better player, I’ll put in the work myself. I have a good work ethic. But I have to take that seriously. I don’t want to put myself in the wrong position.”
Right now Hall is giving every program that’s offered a chance to show it can help propel him to the pros. There’s no timetable for cutting down an already lengthy list or making a commitment.
Hall wants to do plenty of research today at Notre Dame and on future visits elsewhere.
“I’m not really looking at any school the most right now,” he said. “I’m looking at everybody the same. I plan on taking a lot of notes in my head Monday about Notre Dame and actually getting a better feel for it because I could see myself there too.”