Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst defensive end Derek Hall concluded his recruitment over the Christmas break by committing to Stanford. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder picked the Cardinal over offers from Boston College, Northwestern, Kansas and Michigan State amongst others.
"It was really hard for me to pass up an opportunity to go to probably one of the best schools in the country," he said. "I have the ability to get a top five education and I know this is not just a four year decision, but a 40 year one. Stanford was my best option for the long run as I want to study pre-med.
"As for their football program, I know they are getting better. They had a little bit of a rough time recently, but they are starting to progress and they almost beat Notre Dame this year. That game was huge and really opened my eyes to Stanford, plus I know they are going to have a good recruiting class and there is the opportunity for me to make an immediate impact."
The coaches played a big factor in Hall's decision as well.
"I like the coaches a lot including coach Hackett, Hayes and Tipton," he said. "Coach Tipton is the defensive line coach and has been there for 15 years and even played in the pros. That really says something that he has been able to be there that long considering all the coaching fluctuations."
The three-star prospect is looking forward to heading out to Stanford and plans to get ready soon to go out there.
"I feel great that my decision is done as it's a huge weight off my shoulders," he said. "Now I can relax and enjoy the rest of my senior year. I plan to finish up the basketball season and then this spring I'm going to do some speed training and hit the weight room to bulk up. I know the most important thing I can do before heading out there is to just get in shape."
The No. 44 weakside defensive end in the country had a final word to say to the Cardinal fans.
"You guys are getting a defensive end who will work hard to get us back to the top and a bowl game," he said. "I'm excited and glad to join the team because it's a great opportunity to set me up for a successful life in academics and athletics."