Tuskegee (Ala.) Booker T. Washington athlete Marquez Hall has decided to fulfill a childhood dream and play his college football in the Southeastern Conference.
The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder verbally committed to Vanderbilt last week.
"It's a good place for me to go in and play right away," Hall said. "On top of that, it is a good place for me to get a good education."
Hall plans to major in physical therapy at Vandy.
The Commodores plan to use the two-star rated prospect at cornerback and returning both punts and kicks.
"My speed and quickness are two of my best attributes," Hall said. "I am very elusive and explosive and have great vision."
Hall grew up a big Alabama fan and dreamed of playing college football in the SEC.
"Alabama is where I always wanted to go and I am still a big fan of the Crimson Tide, but sometimes things just don't work out," Hall said. "I love watching the SEC. There is nothing like waking up on a Saturday morning and watching SEC football and I am glad that I can be a part of it.
"I wanted to be a part of that in some way."
Commodores wide receivers coach Charlie Fisher is Hall's Vanderbilt recruiter. Hall is Fisher's second consecutive verbal commitment from Alabama, joining 6-foot-7 tight end Justin Green of Troy.
Fisher is scheduled to make an in-home visit with Hall this week.
Hall is Vanderbilt's 12th verbal commitment in the class of 2006.