How firm is Hall's commitment?

After the departure of Dennis Franchione, many, including Derrick Hall himself, thought that A&M was no longer in the picture. But where are the Aggies in his pecking order after visiting with new head coach Mike Sherman? Is he planning any other visits? Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the running back/athlete.

When Dennis Franchione abruptly resigned as Texas A&M head coach after a victory over Texas in late November, Aggie fans wondered if the heralded recruiting class already assembled by Franchione's staff would stick with their commitment during a coaching change.

One of the most outspoken A&M pledges was Beaumont Central athlete/running back Derrick Hall, who initially wanted to find another school when learning of the departure of Franchione. However, over the past month and a half the 5-foot-10, 190-pound back has had a chance to speak with new coach Mike Sherman and understand his offensive philosophy.

"He's pretty cool," Hall said. "He's a laid-back guy. We've talked a lot about his west coast offense and how he wants to get me the ball in space. He sees me like a Reggie Bush but bigger, and wants to get me the ball all over the field. Give me some space and I can make people miss."

Hall and Sherman are certainly on the same page in that respect, and Hall likes what he's seen and heard so far. That's a big reason why the Aggies are back in the driver's seat for the four-star prospect.

"Yeah, I'm down with A&M right now. I like Coach Sherman and what he's doing there," Hall said. "I don't see myself going anywhere else."

Hall is also excited about the opportunities to play early at Texas A&M, but he's more excited to help the other players bring some swagger back to the program.

"Those guys are great. They've got Michael Goodson who can ball with anybody," Hall joked. "But sometimes they looked like they weren't having fun and were kinda stiff. I want to bring some style back to Aggie football, play good football, have fun out there, and win."

Hall and fellow Beaumont native and A&M commit Blake Chavis are scheduled to take their official visits to Texas A&M this coming weekend, and the Golden Triangle duo are ready to make the trip.

"It's going to be huge. Most of the big commits will be there and it will be a big show," Hall said. "Blake just left my house, and we were talking about it. He's as pumped about it as I am."

However, with all of that said, Hall still has an official visit set with LSU on January 25. Is there a chance he could land in Baton Rouge despite his current commitment to Texas A&M?

"I don't know. You want to see other places to compare and make sure you are going to the right place," Hall said. "I'm going to A&M, but my family wants me to see other places just to make sure, and that's what I'll probably do."

Hall was recently offered by Illinois and has been hotly pursued by Missouri since the Franchione resignation. He initially had a visit scheduled to Missouri in December, but he did not take it and doesn't have plans currently to make the trip to Columbia.

For now, the focus in on the Aggies and his official visit to Texas A&M this weekend.

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