Recruiting: Washington State's Ken Wilson, and verbal commit Tayari Venable, putting in recruiting work on touted three-star DB

FOR A THREE-STAR defensive back, there’s no question Washington State is among his leaders. As a matter of fact, an official visit to the Palouse is already in the works. And one of the guys in his ear most right now is Cougar three-star verbal Tayari Venable, who has been making it clear to him WSU is the place to be.

The Cougs are in the top five for Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., defensive back Darren Hall

Ranked the No. 79 CB in the nation by Scout.com, Hall told CF.C that he’s indeed got high interest in the Cougs, and that both the Wazzu coaches and Venable are doing a good job of selling him on all the good things going on in Pullman.

“They have a lot of good commits right now and I’m good friends with Tayari,” Hall said. “He’s been recruiting me hard and telling me that he’s ready for us to play together in college. 

“I know I’ll be taking an official visit (date TBD) to Washington State and Tayari and I will be going up there together. We could go up there early and play together and show everyone what we can do.”

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Throughout his recruitment, the 6-1, 165-pounder has racked up offers from WSU, Utah, Colorado, Oregon State, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico, Hawaii, Fresno State, UNLV and others.

He told CF.C his five leaders are WSU, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Colorado State. 

For WSU, linebackers coach Ken Wilson is running the recruiting point of the touted prospect.

“Coach Wilson is reaching out to me just about every day,” Hall said. “He goes out of his way to see how things are going. I really appreciate that.

“The coaches are recruiting me as either a safety or a cornerback. Coach Wilson likes how physical I am. I’m good in man coverage and I can square up. He likes how fast I am and how I come up and tackle. I like making the big hits.”

Hall added that he’s not quite sure when his college commitment will be made. It’s all in the air right now.

“I’m thinking about possibly making my decision midseason or after the season,” he said. “It could even be tomorrow. I’m just trying to figure out the best time.

"I want to take my visits too. I haven’t been to most the colleges interested in me. I’m not quite sure what everyone has to offer. Taking visits will help with that.” 

As a junior last season, Hall recorded 48 tackles (26 solo) and one interception. 


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