Friday, March 16, 2012
2014 ATH Maurice Hall making waves
By Corey Long
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs athlete Maurice Hall passes the eye test on first view. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore can play wide receiver, safety, corner, linebacker, running back or quarterback if necessary.
Hall, who is also a starter on the basketball team and a sprinter and high-jumper for the track team, received a verbal offer from Oklahoma in January when the Sooners were successfully recruiting former teammate Gary Simon.
"Oklahoma saw my film when they sat in with my coach and they liked me," Hall said. "I've gotten a lot of interest from schools and I think they will see me in the spring."
Expected to stop in St. Petersburg in the spring are Arkansas, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma and several other big programs.
For now, Hall is competing with the Tampa area's 7-on-7 all-star team, joining Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit linebacker Vincent Jackson as one of the few sophomores on the team.
"It's been a lot of fun to compete with those guys and meet all of them," Hall said. "I'm just happy to be working out and staying competitive. It's a strong group of players and I'm always fighting for playing time so it's good."
The former Miami resident is expected to play a big role for the Gibbs football team in 2012.
"The great thing about Maurice is that you can put him anywhere because he loves to run," said Gibbs head coach Antonio Knox. "On defense he's going to run to the ball. Put him on offense at running back and he's happy. Put him at wide receiver and he's going to wear down a defensive back. Put him at quarterback and he'll run around and make a positive play."