How firm is Derrick Hall's commitment?

Derrick Hall committed to A&M early, but how solid is that commitment three months later? As other schools start coming after Hall's services, the athlete out of Beaumont (Central) visited with Websider's David Sandhop about what it means for him and whether or not he is having second thoughts.

Beaumont Central (TX) athlete Derrick Hall seemed to have it all last fall. The 5-foot-10, 202-pound speed demon was attracting the attention of many college coaches and he was leading the Jaguars into the first round of the Texas high school playoffs when misfortune struck.

"I was blocking on the kickoff return," Hall said. "The play was over and I was going over to the sideline when I got cut from behind on a late hit. I heard my ankle pop and I felt the tape and the ankle brace move, so I knew it was broken almost immediately."

And in the world of college recruiting, the injury scared off many coaches. However, there were a few coaching staffs who stuck by the speed athlete, including Texas A&M.

So when Hall was invited to A&M's junior day and received a scholarship offer, the Beaumont native liked what he saw and committed almost on the spot.

"A&M has great facilities and the fans there are incredible," Hall said. "Plus, I got along with the players when I was there, and of course Brandon Williams will be there."

According to Hall, the fact that his longtime friend and teammate will be in College Station is a huge plus in attending Texas A&M.

"Brandon and I grew up together," Hall said. "We played sports together our whole lives and I want to play with him on the next level."

With his commitment out of the way, Hall has been focusing on his rehabilitation which has gone much better than expected. In fact, Hall even competed in the relays at the state track meet.

"I'm feeling pretty good and the ankle is doing fine," Hall said. "I'm really not having any problems with it and I've already gained most of my speed back. I'd say I'm 96-97% recovered, and I'll be at 100% this summer."

And once again, college coaches have seen his progress and are once again calling on the talented skill athlete.

"Yeah, I'm hearing from a lot of schools now," Hall said. "LSU, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Florida State have all come by to talk to me and they want me to come visit."

The newfound interest from these schools is catching the attention of Hall, who says he's still committed to Texas A&M.

"I'm thinking I may want to go take some visits and see what's out there," Hall said. "I like A&M a lot, but they were the first school I saw and I committed early. I think I may need to check some other places out just to make sure I made the right choice with A&M."

There's another issue involved in Hall's thoughts to evaluate his options. He'd like to play on offense with the ball in his hands.

"At first, everybody wanted me as an athlete and they were talking about trying me out at defensive back," Hall said. "That's fine. I'll do what's best, but I feel more comfortable with the ball in my hands where I can use my speed and my moves. LSU said I could play running back, and that got me to thinking. I wouldn't mind playing receiver either."

Hall, who has been clocked at 4.35 in the 40, says his speed and acceleration is his greatest asset on the field.

"My strength is definitely my speed and my vision," Hall said. "Also, I think I have pretty good acceleration from a standing start. I can get up to full speed in a heartbeat. Plus, my agility and juking gives me the ability to make defenders miss which is good for a running back."

Hall hasn't made any specific plans yet because of summer track obligations and he wants to take some summer school classes, but he would like to attend one of LSU's summer camps and possibly take unofficial visits to Oklahoma State and even USC which also began writing him recently.

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