Junior to Watch: D.J. Hall
School: Ft. Walton Beach (Fla.) Choctawhatchee HS
Position: Wide Receiver/Safety
Size and speed: Hall is 6-foot-3 ½, weighs 185 pounds, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. He also has a 36-inch vertical leap.
Statistics: As a junior, he caught 42 passes for 944 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 162 yards on eight carries and scored twice. In limited action as a safety, he recorded 25 tackles and four interceptions.
Honors: Was named All-Northwest Florida and third-team Class 4A all-state.
Favorite Schools: Florida State, Florida, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia.
Skinny: With a terrific combination of size and speed, D.J. Hall figures to draw more than his fair share of scouts to Choctawhatchee High School in the days to come.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Hall is coming off a junior season which saw him use his 4.4 speed to catch 42 passes for 944 yards and 13 touchdowns while establishing himself as a major prospect.
“He’s a big weapon,” Choctawhatchee coach Bobby Moore said. “With that size, speed and leaping ability, he’s very difficult to handle. We think he’s going to be one of the top 10 players in the state next year. He’s that good.”
Moore said Hall maintains a work ethic on and off the field that makes him a special player.
“D.J. is a hard worker and a tenacious competitor,” he said. “He wants to be the best. He’s just got a tremendous attitude, one of the best I’ve ever been around, and that’s including Derrick Brooks.”
Schools showing early interest in Hall include the likes of Florida, Florida State, Miami, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU and Georgia.
“I think he’s always been a Florida State fan, so he’s probably high on them,” Moore said. “But his parents are from Alabama, so I think he has some serious interest in Alabama and Auburn as well. All of those are great programs. They all have a shot.”
Moore said Hall is a “decent” student, but needs to improve his scores to get eligible. “I’m fairly certain he’ll make it without a problem.”
Hall plans to attend the Nike camp at Auburn in May and “probably a couple of other places, but he hasn’t decided just yet,” Moore said.