Pre-visit: Hall ready to see Oregon State

Oregon State will welcome a handful of official visitors this weekend. Hollywood (Florida) South Broward athlete Dorian Hall fills us in on his plans and what he hopes to see in Corvallis.

It’s amazing what a position change do. Last season at South Broward High School, Dorian Hall was the signal caller for the Bulldogs, but as the calendar turned to the new year, he realized that in order to make it to the next level a position change was likely needed. 

“We changed a lot of things around that led to our turn around at South Broward," Hall said. "I moved over to playing primarily safety, outside linebacker and wide receiver from quarterback last year and I think we all really benefited from it. We went from being a 1-9 team last year, to being 7-3 this year."

His transition to playing more on the defensive side of the ball started while on the camp circuit and from there his recruitment took off. During the spring offers came in from Toledo, FAU, Middle Tennessee State, and Colorado. As spring turned to summer, and Hall continued to develop into a next level player on the defensive side of the ball, bigger programs like Georgia, Florida State and North Carolina State extended offers. Oregon State, Louisville, Mississippi State, Pitt and West Virginia all came calling this fall.

With a laundry list of options now to choose from to continue his dream of playing football, which programs are being considered?

“I don’t really have a top group yet, but I’m setting up visits now. I’m going to see Toledo on November 16th, Oregon State on the 19th and then I’m trying to get FSU on November 26," he said. "With Toledo they have just been there since the beginning with me and are always in contact with me. With OSU, they are always talking to me and I’ve really gotten to know their defensive coaches and I get along with their DB coach really well. Then with Florida State, they’re kind of the in-state school that is always in touch with me.”

Being a dynamic athlete, programs are recruiting him at several different positions but it appears the Beavers like him as a safety. They have really driven home the fact that they are in need of players that can come in and contribute immediately, which is something that has caught Dorian’s ear.

“I talk with the Oregon State coaches like every week, they just check in with me and have been telling me about how excited they are to get me up there. Telly Lockette has been talking with me mostly.” Hall continued, “They’re telling me that I’d be able to get right into the action and that I could be a key player for them. I like that. I’ve also heard that it’s a got a good balance between being a good football program and a good education, which is what I’m looking for.”

Joining Dorian in Corvallis this weekend will be his mother as well as his teammate Jordon Carty. The two are friends, but Hall iterated that they are each going to do what is best for one another. They have talked about playing together in college and Dorian hopes for a couple more of his teammates to get some offers from the same teams so that they all can play together.

BeaverBlitz will be in touch with Dorian to get his thoughts on his visit as it wraps up on Sunday.

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