This past season while scouting the Red Raiders we knew all about Wallace, Thomas, and Arterio Arnold. We discovered the talented D.J. Jules and fast rising DE Mike Davis but we also noticed that Cris Hall flashed the skills that should make him a big time receiving threat for the Red Raiders for the next two seasons. Hall stands 5'9 and weighs in at 174 pounds. He enjoyed some success this year and should continue to grow over time.
Statistically Hall did quite well given the fact that he normally wasn't the first, second, or third option this year. Hall had 49 catches for 609 yards and 6 touchdowns as a sophomore this season. An area that Hall really impressed us was with his ability to run after securing the catch and gaining additional yardage. For a prospect his age he shows good ball skills and has good elusiveness.
Asked about his goals for next year with the two seniors departing Hall said, "Yes I should be able to step into a primary role. I'd like to get between 80-100 catches and 1100 yards receiving." He also stated that the Red Raiders will continue to work towards a common goal of winning a AAA state championship as a unit.
Playing with Wallace and Curtis benefited the young prospect tremendously. "Yes I learned a lot from them." The Red Raiders finished the season 8-3 last year. Being fairly new to the recruiting world Hall says he hasn't heard from many schools yet but he named some programs that he's got great interest in at this point. "I'd like to hear from LSU, Georgia, and Florida."
We had already made our assessment of Hall at this stage in his career but we asked him to give a self evaluation of his strengths at this point. "My blocking, ability to run after the catch, my ability to make people miss, and route running are probably my strongest suits."
Another area where he excels is the speed department. Already running consistently in the 4.5 second range Hall says it's an area that he'll work feverishly to improve. Speed kills and Hall wants to continue to get even faster.
This offseason Hall says he'll make some camp and combine visits but is uncertain as to which ones at this point in time. Asked about any heroes or players that he looks up to he quickly responded, "Jerry Rice is who I look up to. That's why I wear #80."
Still early in the process Hall says these factors will weigh heavily for him currently, "Being able to get a good education, play for a good football team, and a good location."
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