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Five-star Hall is one tough baller

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If you haven’t seen Garden City (Kan.) Community College running back Andre Hall run the ball, then you’re missing something special. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Hall is a mixture of pure power, speed, elusiveness and desire.
It’s all of those things that make him the top junior college running back and one of Rivals.com five-star selections.
“It’s mainly my quickness and strength that separate me from the rest,” Hall, who transferred to Garden City after an All-America freshman season at Georgia Military.
“I’m not all that fast, but quickness makes me seem even faster. I’m never going to let one man bring me down. If he gets me, he’s going to have to be a good player to wrap me up. That’s just how I feel. If he just hits me, I know I’m going to numb up and bounce off.”
That – and his almost 200-yard game average this season – makes him one of the top 10 non-high school prospects in the nation.
But unlike other running backs that like to take things to the outside, Hall prefers to run between the tackles which is why he excels in Garden City’s I-formation offense.
“I like running inside,” he said. “I don’t like the sweep because everybody sees you on the sweep. But when you run inside or up the middle, I can get past you and pick the hole I want.”
Hall is being recruited by many major programs that like to use a solid running attack. At this point he has only one official visit to Oklahoma State for this weekend lined up, but he’s going to be sure to line up others, especially with his favorite.
“Kansas State is the big one for me,” he said. “I just like K-State. I talked to (former Garden City cornerback) Cedric Williams, and he talks about how they’re a big family at K-State. I’m sure all teams are like that, but I’ve noticed that the coaches will take care of you there. I’ll take a visit up there for sure. I talk to coach Elliot and the running back coach all the time. I like talking to them.”
Other than OSU and K-State, Kansas, South Florida, Arkansas and Alabama are being considered for official visits.
“I’m supposed to graduate in December,” he said. “I’m hoping to get some place where I can get in and learn a lot by going through spring practice.”
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