Commitment Impact: Daeshon Hall

In a college football world today that prizes athleticism, speed and freakish ability above all else, it's hard not to like what Daeshon Hall brings to the table. It's also not hard to figure out that more and more basketball players are crossing over to football as a means to a college education. It doesn't work for everybody but for the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Hall it seems to be paying off so far.

"I really liked him a lot,"'s Greg Biggins said about Daeshon Hall recently to has Hall now ranked as the No. 17 defensive end in the country. "He would have fit in well at The Opening. He's how you draw it up in terms of looking like an elite, athletic defensive end with the long frame, long arms. That's what Javon Kearse looked like in high school. He's an explosive, long, lean-framed kid that can get bigger and stronger - and he's already athletic. So I like him a lot. And he was the same guy live that I saw on film, which is good - explosive off the edge. Has to put some weight on, but has the frame and the explosiveness to be a very good college player for sure and NFL player if he puts it all together."

The Romar Effect - And that's what you have to love about Hall; a prospect that already has a ton of upside but also without a lot of bad habits because he hasn't been playing competitive football for that long. His first love is basketball, and it just so happens that Hall was getting recruited for hoops by Washington's Lorenzo Romar long before he decided to dabble in another sport.

"Coach Romar told me I can play," Hall told at the RAM announcement two weeks ago that saw him and seven other 2013 football prospect commit to Washington. "Coach Romar was recruiting me to play basketball before I was a big-time football player. He said if I want to play I can play. Austin (Seferian-Jenkins) played, and Nate Robinson played, so I believe it."

It doesn't sound like Hall is dead-set on trying to play both, but wants the option. And if he wants some advice, he can go right to a former Husky and AAU teammate who was picked 25th by the Memphis Grizzlies in the recent NBA Draft - Tony Wroten. "I was excited for him to go 25," Hall said of Wroten. "That was big for him. I went to his draft party for a little bit and then I had a game myself, so I had to leave."

The Call of Home - Hall will take a bit of a circuitous route back to the Emerald City for college. "I'm from Seattle originally, and then I moved to Texas with my Mom because she had a job opportunity," he said. Because football is King in Texas, Hall started taking it seriously for the first time last summer. He finished with 11 sacks for Lancaster, a program located in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. "Now I see a football player, but I didn't think I was going to play football in college," said Hall. "I was getting recruited for basketball a lot when I was up here."

Mess with Texas - Even though Hall had only been playing football competitively for a few months, he caught the eyes of Texas - literally. Mack Brown and the Texas staff offered Hall at the end of February and made his commitment to the Longhorns right there and then. "I really liked it because it's traditionally sound," Hall said to's Kevin Flaherty at the time of his commitment. "They have rich academics, a great football program and coaches that are willing to work with me. It's close to home, so my mom doesn't have to go far to watch me play."

But his flirtations with Washington, who had offered him before Texas, continued. And by the end of the spring Hall decided to open things back up again as the lure of going back to his first home continued to be an attractive option. "They were cool with it," he said when asked for Texas' reaction to him looking around. "They wanted me to make the best decision for myself, and Texas is far away from home because I'm from Seattle. I wanted my family to be able to see me play because I'm family first before everything. That's why I chose U-Dub. It's 5-10 minutes away from my house."

Does that mean his mom is coming back to Seattle with him? It's a logical assumption but still unclear right now. But what has become readily apparent over the last couple of weeks is that Hall is a Seattle kid who just wants to be around what he's used to and what makes sense. "I was homesick," he said, matter-of-factly. "That's the other reason I picked U-Dub over everybody."

Coach Lup Lands Another - So what was the other reason? "Family and me and coach Lupoi have a really good relationship," Hall said of new Washington Defensive Line Coach Tosh Lupoi. "Me and him had one of the best relationships between all the other coaches that I've talked to." Even though the Huskies had the inside track on a player coming back home, it was largely due to Hall's relationship with Lupoi that sealed the deal so quickly.

A Team Player - Hall may not have had a public commitment on his mind when he showed up recently for Washington's Rising Stars camp. He had more important things to worry about; mainly whether or not the coaches were ones he could work with and if Washington was the same place he remembered it. Despite growing up in the shadow of UW, Hall had only been to Husky Stadium once before - the 35-34 double-overtime win in 2010 over Oregon State when Jake Locker was quarterback.

Two days later, Hall was ready to pledge his future. When he heard about the group announcement at the RAM, he was all in. "It's rocking' right now," he said of Washington's recruiting momentum. "Hopefully we'll be able to do big things."

Where Will Hall Play? - When asked what the Huskies' plan for him is, Hall said a rush defensive end, dropping in coverage a little bit - but mostly getting after the quarterback. That makes sense given his instant success going after the ball as a junior. Besides his athleticism and physical upside, what else does Hall bring to the field? "I pick up on things real fast and I'm able to use that," he said. His 2011 stats certainly back that up.

"I'm going to try and get the first sack in the new Husky Stadium," he added. "That's my goal."

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