The fullback/H-Back position isn’t a spot you need to hit every single recruiting class. But it is a spot at Oklahoma, when the Sooners have been incredibly successful, OU has paid a lot of attention toward getting it right.
In the Bob Stoops era, names like J.D. Runnels, Trey Millard and now Dimitri Flowers are among the guys who have taken the not-so glamorous position and evolved it into something recruits can rally behind.
That recruit for the 2017 class could be Charlotte (N.C.) Vance tight end Jeremiah Hall. Not a household name just yet, Hall was certainly one of the more notable offers made by the Sooners during the spring evaluation period with Jay Boulware leading the charge.
“I’ve been in contact with Boulware in the past so he had been talking to me,” Hall said. “I just had no idea the offer was going to come. It was very overwhelming.”
Boulware seems to be a pretty clear-cut coach. You either like his approach and personality or you don’t. It’s safe to say that when it comes to Hall and his father, Boulware is striking all the right chords.
OU has sort of specialized in trying to make the offer as memorable a moment as possible. That’s hard to do halfway across the country, but Boulware pulled it off.
Instead of offering Hall on a simple phone call, he made sure his father could listen as well when the offer was extended.
“It did mean a lot to me,” Hall said. “He wanted my family to be involved. He’s the first recruiter as well as coach to ask something like that.”
The offer came off the heels of a 45-minute conversation Boulware and Hall had in the past where Boulware gave Hall the lowdown about OU and how things were progressing.
Since the offer, Hall said things couldn’t be any better. He said he stays in contact with Boulware just about every other day as well as getting to know offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, Hall said a lot of schools view him as tight end for the simple reason the H-Back spot just isn’t used that much, which only makes the OU offer mean that much more for Hall.
“To see a school that is nationally ranked and recruiting me at H-Back means they see the talent in me,” Hall said. “Hopefully I can change the perception of the H-Back in college.”
Hall said OU has been quick to point out Millard and Flowers and for Hall to watch what they did but even that isn’t a 100 percent indicator of how the spot could evolve with Hall.
A regional prospect throughout the early portion of this process, Hall said he hopes to be able to visit OU sometime in the summer to get a better feel of the surroundings.
Traditionally, OU had never really hit North Carolina too often, but you look at the 2016 class and notice OU’s quarterback (Austin Kendall) and running back (Abdul Adams) both played high school in Carolina.
Hall said that doesn’t play a huge factor in his recruitment, stressing it’s more about the opportunity and the fact OU coaches see what a talent Hall could be in Norman.
“OU being in the middle of the country means they need to recruit everywhere,” Hall said. “They could have picked California or Florida so it does make me feel good about myself. They could have easily gone anywhere else.”
And that’s something Hall’s parents are slowly starting to accept. Hall admitted he initially thought he would stay closer to home for college. But with more schools coming into play, including ones like OU, the thought process is changing.
“It seems like the more offers I pick up, the more open my parents are toward letting me go,” Hall said. “From my perspective? I’m feeling the same way. With the more out of state offers and realizing I might not be around my family, I’m becoming more open.”
The goal is simple. Hall wants to visit as many of his top schools this summer to lock down a top five and move from there. If the trip to Norman does occur, you never know what can happen with the way OU has been able to put in work with SoonerSquad17, ranked No. 2 in Scout’s rankings.
“I didn’t even know they were ranked No. 2,” Hall said. “I’m definitely going to start sitting down and looking at all my options.”