Hall hunting interest

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There is no question that the talent crop in Tennessee in 2013 is a little richer than years past and the Tennessee Volunteers are trying to cash in.

The Vols already have three in-state commitments in their newest recruiting class and are evaluating loads, more including Clarksville, Tenn., native Maleek Hall.

Hall, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound defensive back recently showed off his skills at the Full Motion prospect camp at Father Ryan (Tenn.) High School, boasting 4.49 40-yard dash and is starting to attract attention from varying Division I schools.

"I have been hearing from LSU, Mississippi State, USC, MTSU, Florida and Tennessee," Hall told InsideTennesse. "I am definitely going to camp with Kentucky and UNC wants me to camp with them too."

The rising senior was a key contributor for Kenwood (Tenn.) High School as a junior racking up 1,100 yards rushing, 19 touchdowns, five interceptions and 40-plus tackles.

"I think my technique on reading and breaking on balls right now is strong," said Hall, who was an unofficial visitor for the Orange & White spring game on April 21. "When I break to on the ball I can get there. I think my footwork needs to get a little bit better and I need to get a little better tackling."

Hall, who reports a 2.8 core GPA, is still looking for his first offer and says the next several months could be critical to attach much-needed attention.

"I think I need to be consistent wherever I go," he said. "I can't show up one day and not show up there other whenever I go. Coaches don't want an inconsistent player. I think I need to be consistent and put up the stats in season as a senior."

Hall has even teamed up with several of the state's most elite athletes on to travel the country in order to compete against elite competition.

"I am on a 7-on-7 team with (Jalen) Reeves-Maybin and Corn Elder and we are going several places to compete like Alabama, Memphis, Miami and different places like that to get our names out there," Hall said.

Hall and Kenwood ended with a disappointing 3-7 record in 2011, but the Knights have much loftier goals for 2012 and it all starts with spring practice.

"We are just trying to stay together as a team and hit the weight room hard to get better as a team," Hall said. "I don't think in the last few years we came together like we should and we are trying to play as a team. We are working hard this spring to get things on the right track."

As for Hall, he plans to be a big part of Kenwood's success in his senior campaign.

"I want to rush for 2,000 yards, come up with at least eight or nine picks this year and score 25 touchdowns," he said.

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Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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