The future for speed athlete Derrick Hall looks much clearer today than it did last spring. The last time we spoke with the 5-foot-10, 200-pound blue chip prospect from Beaumont Central High School (TX), he was still recovering from a season-ending ankle injury and he wasn't sure about the position he would play at the next level in college. He was also considering taking more campus visits despite committing to Texas A&M in February.
Today, there seems to be more answers than questions for Scout.com's No. 149 nationally ranked prospect in the class of 2008. Hall had severely injured his ankle during the Jaguars' playoff run, and the injury generated questions about his health status and if it would compromise his 4.34 40 speed.
"I'm definitely 100% healthy," Hall said. "There are no lingering effects and it feels like new."
Hall is running track this summer and is playing with his 7-on-7 team without any restrictions.
One school that never backed-off Hall during the injury was Texas A&M, and the Aggies received a commitment from the Beaumont speedster during a junior day event on campus. Where does that commitment stand today?
"Oh, I'm committed to Texas A&M," Hall said. "I'm solid. They are putting me at running back, and that's where I think I'm most comfortable."
Hall did take a visit to nearby LSU with some teammates earlier in June, and the trip opened his eyes to some things.
"They've got great facilities and an indoor track. It was nice," Hall said. "But LSU didn't seem like the place for me. It had a different vibe. It's a great place, but just not for me. I'm a Texas guy."
Besides running track and playing 7-on-7 football, Hall is also working out on a daily basis and getting ready for his senior campaign.
"Man, I'm busy. We get to the field house by 5:30 AM to workout and the whole team is there until 7:30 or so," Hall said. "Then I come home and try to sleep and rest before I get up and start into summer track and 7-on-7 football."
It's a grueling regimen, but it's a pretty simple routine that Hall realizes will pay dividends next season and down the road in his college career.
"You've got to do what you've got to do to get ready," Hall said. "It's pretty simple for me. It' a whole lot of track, football, eating, and sleeping."
Hall feeling much better
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