The three-star defensive end had already secured a Nittany Lion offer before he arrived. He knew about the tradition and success the program has had, and was aware of what defensive line coach Sean Spencer, Maryland recruiter Charles Huff and head coach James Franklin were about.
“Penn State was really fun,” Hall said. “I liked the fan base and how they cheered even when they were losing.”
Hall and teammates Devante Brooks, a 2016 tight end, and Ayron Monroe, a Nittany Lion Class of 2015 commit, had prime seating behind the Lions’ bench. The defensive end said it allowed him to see how the coaches and players interact on the field, and the passion that they do it with. He liked it.
The end would end up liking Spencer’s message following the game more. The line coach brought him, Class of 2015 tackle commitment Adam McLean, Class of 2016 end pledge Shane Simmons, and junior defensive target Rahshaun Smith into his office to chat about the future.
“He said, ‘this could be the DMV line of the future,’” Hall recalled. “He was telling us how Shane and Adam are already committed, and Shane tried to get me to commit on the spot.”
Penn State’s Class of 2016 didn’t grow by one, as Hall is still surveying his options with well over a year to go until Signing Day for his class. The junior did leave with plenty to chew on, though.
“I love it,” he said. “I got to stay overnight and see the campus, and how the people are around the area. There were little kids walking up to me and Ayron asking for autographs and (asking) do we play on the football team. There’s a really nice bond with the fan base.
“I really like Penn State.”