Oklahoma did all it could to make the offer to Charlotte (N.C.) Vance H-Back Jeremiah Hall as special as it possibly could.
OU running backs coach Jay Boulware made sure Hall’s father was on the phone as well when he extended the scholarship offer last month.
Hall said back then how much that gesture meant to him, about OU trying to make sure the family element was always involved.
So it was only fitting Hall did the same thing when it came time for his commitment to the Sooners last weekend when he called Boulware on Saturday afternoon to let him know he would be the latest member of OU’s SoonerSquad17.
“I was in downtown San Francisco on vacation at Union Square,” Hall said. “I was high up and could see the Golden Gate Bridge. I wanted to make sure the moment would be special.”
Hall would get in touch with OU coaches Lincoln Riley and Bob Stoops on Sunday and then go public with his announcement Sunday afternoon.
Not too many people were surprised about Hall committing to the Sooners, especially after talking to Hall last month following the offer. The shock came with the when because it was clear Hall had a process.
He was going to start narrowing things down this summer, take his official visits and then decide when he was good and ready.
That quickly turned into narrowing things down and committing to OU when he hasn’t even been in Norman yet.
“That was a very tough decision,” Hall said. “It was something we (his family) did discuss a lot. I looked at the offers I had and weighed each one differently and the outcomes. OU had only made like one other H-Back offer so that showed how much they wanted me.”
As soon as OU entered the picture officially last month, things have been going at an accelerated rate. Hall said he was in constant contact with Riley and Boulware, talking as much on the phone as possible in the last month.
Being from North Carolina, there was another person he wanted to reach out and talk with. Even though he didn’t know Austin Kendall back when he was at Waxhaw Cuthbertson, Hall’s school did scrimmage against Kendall, and he wanted to hear from Kendall what was up.
“I didn’t ask Austin about football,” Hall said. “It was a week or two before my decision, and I watched like five or six games and watched Dimitri Flowers so I knew the football part. I asked him about the transition from North Carolina to OU.
“How are the people? How is the town? The environment? A lot of non-football stuff. He was very honest with me. He said the days are very long when you include the workouts, but he didn’t have any negative comments about it.”
At the time of the offer, Hall was pretty open in saying he hadn’t done a lot of research about OU or about the process. That changed as soon as his junior year was in the books, and one conclusion became evident.
“I originally was going to wait, but I didn’t want the opportunity to pass,” Hall said. “Why wait on something that’s so important?”
He knew what he needed to know from his talks with Riley and Boulware. He knew what he needed to know because the OU coaches had kept his parents in the loop as much as possible. He knew. He let his father know last Thursday that he was indeed ready to make the call.
With the call and tweet out of the way, now it’s about becoming ingrained into SoonerSquad17, currently No. 3 in Scout’s rankings for the 2017 class.
Hall said he had no idea about the group at the time of his offer. But within minutes of his commitments, he was added to the group chat and now he hopes to get to know them better next month.
Hall said the plan is to visit the weekend of July 29 as OU’s intentions are to have a cookout for the commits that Saturday. Hall is not sure when his official visit will be, but he’s obviously excited about getting a chance to see his future home.
Other schools were in this race as Hall said Pittsburgh and Maryland were two schools he was seriously considering, but he has faith in Riley and Boulware and what OU has been able to do, especially at H-Back.
Hall hasn’t gotten to know OU’s Dimitri Flowers just yet, but even Flowers understands what’s up when he tweeted to Hall earlier this week.
“That tweet did mean a lot to me,” Hall said. “That’s who I’ll be looking up to and spending most of my time with. I hope to develop a great relationship with him, and he can help teach me what he has learned.”
Still less than eight months away from signing day, but Hall feels pretty content he has found a home in Norman.
“It feels a lot better than I thought it would,” said Hall about being committed. “You hear all the time about how recruiting can be stressful, but I didn’t really stress myself out over it until like a month ago.
“I know I’ve made the right decision. Committing early means getting to know everybody earlier instead of waiting. I can start building those relationships now.”
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