By Steve Bartle
When talking about Utah football, the terms toughness and physicality will usually be at the forefront of the conversation. While you typically think of the big guys in the trenches, Rancho Cucamonga DB, Darren Hall clearly plays the game with that same kind of mentality. That physical nature, combined with his size and athleticism is starting to catch the eyes of college coaches out West.
The 6’ tall 165 pound corner now holds 7 offers from Utah, Colorado, Colorado State, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, and UNLV. With those offers, he’s also starting to hear from other programs out west.
“I’m hearing from a lot of other schools, but Boise State, BYU, Arizona, and Washington are the schools that I’m hearing from most that haven’t offered yet.”
With his recruitment starting to pick up, he still has a leader for his services, “Utah is definitely be at the top for me right now.”
Hall recently took a visit to Salt Lake City to take in one of the Utes scrimmages. He had the opportunity to get a better feel for what Utah is all about.
“It was a great experience, I loved it! I love the school, the football program has a great feel, the players were really welcoming, they show a lot love, it was just a great experience.”
Coach Shah is the Utah coach taking the lead in recruiting Darren to Utah, and he’s already made a strong impression.
“He’s one of the realest guys out there, I love him. His energy is unreal.”
Coach Shah’s recruiting Darren to play defensive back in Utah’s defense and Darren feels he’d be a pretty good fit.
“I feel like my physical play as well as my smarts & my savvy play could fit well. I know the game, I’m not scared to come up and hit, my physicality would fit well. And they run a lot of man, and I love my man coverage.”
Darren knows what he’s looking for in a future school, and the Utes should feel good about where they stand.
“The education, the APR rate is very important to me. The coaching staff, specifically the tenure, I don’t want to go to school with new coaches every year. How the I feel with the players, how they show love, and of course playing style.”
With obvious interest from a slew of schools, a commitment could happen at any time, but it really comes down to whenever Darren feels ready.
“It could be any time, it could be tomorrow, it could be after the season. Whenever I feel right about it. I want to try and visit all the schools that have offered me, and still want to take all my official visits too.”