Knoxville may not have palm trees or beaches but beyond that something about Tennessee managed to catch the eye of Los Angeles native Jalen Hall during his first-ever visit to Rocky Top last Thursday.
The 6-foot-3, 187-pound wide receiver made his way across the country for summer camp with the Volunteers, engaging in a visit he had been anticipating for several months.
“I’ve been talking about it the whole offseason, saying, ‘I’ve got to get down to Tennessee,’” Hall said. “Now I got down here, and I loved it.
Though he was some 2,000 miles from home, the Scout No. 6-rated player overall in the 2018 class was impressed by the unique atmosphere in Knoxville as he spent time getting to know the coaches and becoming acquainted with the campus.
“It was great actually, just being able to get away from home and get a different vibe from a different state — to get a different experience,” the nation’s No. 1 junior receiver said. “I got down here and had fun. I’m just loving it all, Tennessee and everything.”
What stood out the most to the Scout five-star prospect was the Vols’ status as “Wide Receiver U” and his potential for success on Rocky Top.
“We watched a video about ‘Wide Receiver U.’ I didn’t realize a lot of receivers were from here,” the from Augustus Hawkins (Calif.) High School talent said.
“What (Tennessee) did in the past with receivers was great to me, so that really stood out to me.”
Hall possesses a number of strengths that could provide explosiveness to any offense, including his size, excellent body control, large catch radius, and impressive leaping ability.
Rocky Top is among several schools that the Scout 300 member has visited, including Arizona State, Michigan, Notre Dame and USC.
With around 30 offers and two more seasons of high school football to go before his graduation, Hall maintains an open mind while exploring his multiple offers from multiple conferences.
“The SEC is great,” Hall said. “I won’t say that I’ll only play in the SEC, because whatever school I feel that invests in me, that’s where I’m going to go. I’m not going to go based off of what conference it is.”
He is in no rush to make a decision. He plans on being patient with the process and getting to know each school that interests him.
“I’m just soaking it all in,” he said. “Soon I’ll come out with some top schools. As of right now, I’m liking everybody. I’m still getting to know coaches, still getting to know about the schools, and how coaches can make me a better player on and off the field."
Hall mentioned that he intends on experiencing programs more intensely and waiting until his senior year before he makes any big decisions.
“I’m going to take all of my official visits (during senior year) and enjoy the process. Just have fun with it, get to know coaches more — specifically Tennessee coaches.”