Sherman visits with stud running back

Beaumont Central's Derrick Hall seemed pretty disappointed with the departure of Dennis Franchione, but after a phone call from new head coach Mike Sherman, where do the Aggies stand? Is he still committed to Texas A&M? Will he take other visits? Aggie Websider has the scoop.

When Dennis Franchione resigned as the head coach of Texas A&M and was promptly replaced by Houston Texans offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, he left the new coach with a well-stocked 23 member Class of 2008. One of the centerpieces to the current class is Beaumont Central running back Derrick Hall. However, after Franchione's departure Hall indicated that he wanted to move on and pursue other options.

With that in mind, Sherman made one of his first recruiting calls last week to the four star athlete to discuss his offensive philosophy and how he would use the explosive running back. Aggie Websider caught up with Hall Sunday night to see where things stand after the conversation.

"It was a good conversation. He told me he was impressed with my video and said he wanted to play me as a freshman," Hall said. "He said he thought I could develop into a NFL running back."

Being the head coach of the Green Bay Packers and now a coach with the Houston Texans, Sherman stressed that his teams at Texas A&M will practice and operate like the pros, and player development will be much similar to the professional ranks.

"He said we'd train like the pros. Everything from how and when we workout in the offseason, how we practice, even how we eat," Hall said. "He said he's bringing in some NFL guys to his staff and they will know how to get the players prepared for the NFL and prepared to win a championship."

So what did the 5-foot-11, 190-pound blue chip running back think about Coach Sherman, and are the Aggies back in good shape with his recruitment?

"Yeah, I'm feeling kind of better about it. I talked to my family and they wanted me to give Coach Sherman a shot at re-recruiting me back to A&M," Hall said. "I'm still committed. I wouldn't say I'm 100% just yet. I want to keep my eyes open for now and see what happens. I'd say I'm probably more like 80% committed now. I liked what he had to say."

Hall is still keeping an eye on other suitors like Missouri, Oklahoma State, and LSU. However, he's not sure now if he'll take his previously scheduled official visit to Missouri next weekend.

"I'm not sure about my visit next weekend to Missouri. I may not go," Hall said. "Oklahoma State is still out there and so is LSU. In fact, I'm going to an indoor track meet at LSU in January, so I may go talk to the coaches and see what's going on."

Hall is an accomplished track athlete and competes in numerous events including the 100 meter sprint, the 4x100 relay, the 4x200 relay, the long jump, and the high jump.

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