Last year there were two linebackers in the state of Virginia that nearly every school in the country would have welcomed on campus with open arms. And while Virginia Beach (Va.) Princess Anne linebacker Kai Parham and Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton linebacker Ahmad Brooks decided to become teammates at Virginia next season, Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch linebacker Vince Hall won’t be joining them.
“I’ve eliminated Virginia,” said the 6-foot-1, 237-pound star (right) who might end up just as hyped as Parham and Brooks were last year. “They have a lot of talented linebackers and seem to be stacking talent there for depth. I know they play four linebackers in their defense, but there seem to be too many.”
That’s good news for other schools, especially Virginia Tech and Tennessee who both came close but struck out on the top linebackers in Virginia last year. Both schools have offered Hall along with the Cavaliers, Penn State, North Carolina, Maryland and South Carolina. Hall has a specific location range for the schools he’ll be looking at.
“I have sort of a nine hour cut-off when it comes to location,” he said. “I want my parents to be able to see me play so I was going to consider Michigan, but it’s too far.”
However, that doesn’t mean he won’t enjoy a few official visits to some distant locations.
“I’d like to take a trip out west, maybe to UCLA and I’d also like to see Nebraska,” he said. “If they are willing to offer me visits, I’ll take a look but I don’t want to go to college far away.”
Hall is being recruited as an outside linebacker despite his impressive size. His 4.55-second speed in the 40-yard dash and excellent pursuit skills should lead to 20 or more offers by the time his senior season starts.
“I don’t think we’re getting enough love,” Hall laughed when asked about the lack of early offers to some of the top players in the state. “They’re sleeping on us.”
Hall is also interested in Clemson and Florida State although neither school has offered him yet. He started playing football in 7th grade on the advice of an acquaintance – a former basketball player who’s name he can’t even remember.
“It was weird,” he said. “He just told me I should play football and I tried out. I was a starter as a freshman in high school and just took to it I guess.”
As a junior, Hall had 13 sacks and was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Eastern Region. He was also named a second-team all-state performer. He won’t make a decision until January because his coach feels official visits should be taken after the football season.
“I’m not in a rush,” he said. “This is an important decision and I want to take my time.”