JR QB Prospect Arkelon Hall

He's considered an athlete quarterback prospect, and being from Fresno (Calif.) Edison gives UCLA some strong connections to <b>Arkelon Hall</b>. Hall, who threw for 2,602 yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior, talks about his recruiting preferences, including an early favorite...

Fresno (Calif.) Edison has been good to UCLA in the last couple of years. Before recent signee Brandon Breazell signed with the Bruins in early February, UCLA snagged three-time all Pac-10 cornerback and NFL post-season star Ricky Manning from the high school.

Now the Bruins have their sights set on another Tiger gridster, this time at a position of serious need.

Quarterback Arkelon Hall, 6-2, 205, is one of the top quarterbacks on the Bruins recruiting board, and for Hall, the feeling is mutual.

"I'm hearing from Arizona State, Cal, Washington State, USC and UCLA," Hall said. "UCLA is definitely my favorite."

One thing playing in the Bruins favor is Hall's relationship with Breazell. "Brandon is my cousin. I talked to a lot of coaches from schools when I answered his phone and saw him go through the whole process. We've talked a lot about playing together in college, since last year was our only year in high school," said Hall.

It was Hall's first season at Edison, after coming over from Buchanan High in Clovis, where as a 2001 freshman, Buchanan played at the same school as current Bruin receiver Antwuan Smith.

"There've been a few guys from this area to go on, Brandon, Aaron Miller, Clifton Smith, Bernard Hicks and of course Ricky Manning. A lot of that is because of Coach (Tim) McDonald (former NFL and USC defensive back). You have a lot of respect for a coach who not only played in college but also played in the NFL and just played the game period."

In addition to the five Pac-10 schools that Hall is hearing from, Oklahoma, LSU and Michigan have expressed an interest in Hall. He also has an offer from Utah already, his lone offer to date.

As a junior in 2003, Hall had a strong season, in his first year as the starter for Edison, being named a First Team All-Area selection. Hall threw for an impressive 34 touchdowns, against only 5 interceptions, for 2,602 yards and a quarterback rating of 128.

"I had a pretty strong year, but next season I want to increase my touchdown passes and cut down on my interceptions," said Hall.

Hall expects his summer to be pretty packed, with attendance at several camps, and his eye on one camp in particular. "I plan to go to the Nike Camps in California (San Diego State and Stanford), and the one at Ohio State. I also am going to Michigan's team camp, UCLA's camp and the Bob Johnson QB Camp. But the one I really want to go to is the Elite 11 Camp, because if you are there, you know you are one of the elite quarterbacks in the nation."

Hall is also a solid baseball prospect, and could opt for a professional baseball career in addition to college football, much like Manning did. But he professes his first love to be football. "Football is my favorite. Since I was little, I always dreamed about getting a scholarship and playing football. I've been to a bunch of college football games and imagined myself playing. I'm just looking forward to this season. I know what recruiting will be like, because Brandon was always talking to coaches, so I know what to expect. It shouldn't be too crazy," said Hall.

Hall, who wants to study something in the business field, has a 2.9 GPA ("I will raise it up") and will take his SAT for the first time in June.

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