"This is where I need to be" Hal talks Vandy
Shedrick Moorer: How does it feel to have your decision out of the way?
Andre Hal: I'm just relieved. Not that it's out of the way, I can concentrate on my senior season, and come out ready to play this year. I can also concentrate more on getting bigger, faster and stronger this summer.
SM: When did the feeling first strike you, that Vanderbilt was the place where you wanted to spend the next 4-5 years of your life?
AH: Well, I went on an unofficial visit yesterday and had a chance to take a tour of the campus; stuff like that. The more I walk around campus, the more I fell in love with it. So I just decide to go ahead and get it over with. The facilities along with Vandy's academics pretty much won me over. So I feel like this is where I need to be.
SM: What was the coaching staff's reaction when you first told them the great news?
AH: They were really surprised. They weren't really expecting it at all.
SM: What other program(s) did you consider before making your final decision?
AH: Nebraska, Tulane, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Miami of Ohio. Those were primarily the schools that I was looking at before I committed to Vanderbilt.
SM: When did things first get started between you and Vanderbilt?
AH: Coach Warren Belin came to my school during the spring, and got one of my highlight films. Then he came back down to evaluated me, and really like what he saw. After that, they offered me.
SM: What was your first reaction when you received the offer from Vanderbilt?
AH: I was very surprised, because I didn't think they were real interested in me. Not until they offered me.
SM: Talk a little bit about the relationship between you and Coach Belin?
AH: I talk to him every week; sometime 2-3 times a week. He'll email me whenever he wants me to call him, and I'll call him up and talk with him. We have a pretty solid relationship.
SM: What are your thoughts about competing in the SEC?
AH: I am very happy about it. It's one of the toughest conferences. I'll get to play against LSU (laughing), which is pretty close to where I live.
SM: What can Vanderbilt fans expect from you as an athlete on the field?
AH: I'm just a hard worker. I'm going to go hard as I can on every play. Every time I go, I am going to go hard.
SM: What do you plan to study?
AH: I plan to study Architecture and Business.
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