The Land of Enchantment of New Mexico is known for its awesome mountainous beauty and the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountain range. This year New Mexico will also be known to be the home of running back James Hall (5-8, 170, 4.5) from Las Cruces, N.M.
While some schools are recruiting Hall as a running back, there are some D-I schools like his potential talent as a wide receiver or slot because of what he brings to the table with the ball in his hands in space.
As a junior, Hall rushed for 1,711 yards and 29 touchdowns while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. His junior season performance caught the eye of hometown school New Mexico State who had hoped his talent would stay a state secret, but it appears news of his talent is spreading beyond state borders.
"The only offers that I have received are from New Mexico State, Air Force, and Army," Hall said. "From what I'm hearing, New Mexico may offer me soon. I'm not sure when."
"For unofficial visits I've been to UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Ohio State, and USC," Hall said."The schools I'd like to hear more from are Arizona and Arizona State, which both have interest, and Iowa."
"My top three right now would probably be Iowa, Arizona, and Arizona St."
"I'm not going to commit anytime soon," Hall said. "I just want to make sure I get my visits in, and make sure I look at every offer that comes at me, and not overlook any offers."
"I promised myself I wouldn't overlook any offer. I just want to make the right choice for myself."
What's important in a school?
"Definitely the football program, and the time I'll be able to play," Hall said. "When I get to college I probably want to take my red-shirt year, and try to get a little playing time my red-shirt freshman year if I go to a mid-major, Pac-10, or a Big-10 school, which I'm looking to go to."
"Some of the main things are the football program, education, and the facilities."
"My parents will play a big role (in the decision) because their just happy for me, and they want me to make the best decision so they'll definitely have a big impact," Hall said. "My dad is the Associate Athletic Director at New Mexico State. so he's used to dealing with this type of stuff. He's set me on the right path, getting me out there, and getting me opportunities.
"They (parents) really want to make sure the education at the school I'm going to will be good."
Obviously education is very important to Hall as he carries a perfect 4.0 GPA.
What does Hall like about the schools that have offered?
"I like the different types of schools that come to you, and the opportunity that each school gives you," Hall said. "Also the life skills, such as if I go to Army, it's a great military school.
"Air Force also gives you another opportunity with planes, and flying and New Mexico State gives you a great business program, and it's my home town so it would be great to go there," Hall said. "The thing I don't like is you have to be so patient."
"Some schools are looking at me for running back, but most as a slot receiver because I can do a little work in the open field."