- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
One visitor for Texas’ Saturday junior day might not be able to make the trip to Austin.
Lancaster’s Daeshon Hall has a playoff basketball game tonight against Jacksonville. If Lancaster wins, he will skip the junior day and practice with his team on Saturday morning.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound defensive end is one of the more intriguing junior ends in the state. His family moved to Lancaster from Seattle last July and he enjoyed a breakout season with 60 tackles and 11 sacks.
Though Hall has been playing defensive end all his life, he always figured he’d play college basketball.
“When I got to Texas, everything changed,” he said. “I owe a lot to my coaches. They helped me a lot with my pass-rushing moves.”
He learned quickly there’s a big difference between football at Seattle’s Garfield High and in the state of Texas. Hall admitted it him took a few games to get a hang of how physical and intense games were at his new school.
“It was crazy,” he said. “It’s way different. Kids are really bigger and stronger.”
Now he has offers from Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech, Missouri, Baylor and his hometown school, Washington. Coaches from UW, A&M and Tech have told Hall he can try playing two sports in college if he wants.
The pass rusher has visited TCU and Baylor already. If he’s able to do so, he’d like to see what Texas has to offer this weekend.
“I think Texas is a good program, an elite program,” Hall said. “I’ve always liked Texas.”