Hall knew early on WSU was the place for him

<b>COACH BILL DOBA said today in his Letter of Intent Day press conference that WSU filled a number of needs. And as is customary in Cougarville, they did it with both headliners and hidden gems -- all players who have a strong desire to be at WSU and who bleed crimson and gray. One of the stars of the class who has shown true dedication to the Cougar program is four-star QB Arkelon Hall.

One player most decidedly not flying under the radar this recruiting season was Washington State's Arkelon Hall.

CF.C published a story last week about some of the schools making a strong push at Hall, including then-LSU coach Nick Saban. Regardless who called, though, the answer was always the same: No thanks, I'm a Cougar.

Today, coach Bill Doba talked about Hall's commitment to Washington State.

"No. 1, he's a great leader. And he's a good kid. Last spring we looked at quarterbacks throughout the country and decided to offer four kids. One in Indiana, one in Chicago, and two in California. And He (Arkelon) called -- prior to our camp -- and said he had done his investigating and said this was where he wanted to be."

"And I even encouraged him to wait or to hold his decision if he wanted to until he came to camp, take a look and see that he really he wanted to be here."

"And he said, 'No, coach. Because I'm going to call the rest of these guys and tell them that you're the guy. I'm a man of my word and I'll be there.' He came in and we were -- not pleasantly -- we were really excited about his leadership, the way he handled his camp team."

"He's really a good one, I think. Not only can he throw the football around, he's a good leader and a good kid."

Hall has generally been talked about as a true pocket passer, but he reminds the Washington State staff of one of the greatest QBs to ever don the crimson and gray: Jason Gesser.

"We thought he had good mobility, he's kind of like a Gesser," said Doba. "And he's a strong kid."

Hall's name also has been used this week in the same sentence of another famous Cougar quarterback --- Mark Rypien. As the No. 7-rated quarterback prospect by one national recruiting outpost (ESPN.com), Hall is the highest-rank prep QB to commit to WSU since No. 5 Rypien back in the early 80s.
We'll have more on the class and from coach Doba's press conference later tonight

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