4-star DL talks Ole Miss visit

Terrell Hall made the trek from Washington to Oxford Friday not knowing what to really expect. The Scout 300 member left impressed.

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"Ole Miss is now right up there at the top," Hall said just before he boarded his plane in Memphis. "I've always liked Ole Miss a lot because they have recruited me so hard, but I couldn't really talk about them a lot because I had never been there. Now that I have been there it's moved them up. I saw what the environment is like. I had never been to Mississippi. I didn't really know what to expect. But man, I really liked the environment around there."

Terrell and his family went into the visit with an open mind. They felt like their questions were answered.

"I just wanted to see how comfortable I was in their environment. I already knew their coaches really well. It was more about me seeing if I could fit in there. I think I definitely fit in. It's a very close knit group. It really is like a big family over there. Everybody knows each other. I just like the family environment they have around there. Everybody knows their football players there. It's crazy."

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive lineman was greeted with that familiarity a few times on his trip.

"I was walking in the gas station with my family and a couple people in there greeted me and knew my name. They told me how much everybody followed me down there. It kind of caught me off guard. I didn't realize anybody knew me from down there. I had never even been on their campus before. Then today at the airport a couple of Ole Miss fans told me that they had been following me during my high school career and wished me well. It's kind of crazy how so many people knew me down there. Ole Miss just has that family environment to it."

Now it's time to go back home and think things over before Wednesday's national signing day. He'll make his announcement at 1:15 p.m. central time.

"I've got four great schools I'm choosing from. I really couldn't go wrong with any of them. Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida State and Maryland are all great schools. They all have the environment I'm looking for. It's just a matter of me going home now and talking things over with my family and coaches."

The decision will come down to two key factors.

"I want to play with a bunch of brothers and not teammates. It's going to come down to how comfortable I am with each school and the connections it can give me in the job market for after football. That's what it will come down to. That's basically it."

Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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